Argentina interim coach Lionel Scaloni confirmed that Lionel Messi will miss Argentina's upcoming friendly games.
Messi missed Argentina's matches against Guatemala and Colombia earlier this month.
Argentina will be playing against Iraq on October 11 and Brazil five days later,
"I talked to him and we still think that the best thing is that he doesn't come, that he's not in," Scaloni told Fox Sports on Monday.
"We are in a different stage and these guys have to keep putting on the shirt of the national team and see what they show, which is the most important thing."
Messi last played for Argentina at the World Cup in Russia, where they made a last-16 exit to eventual champions France.