Argentina - Ecuador Preview: Messi remains doubtful for friendly

The forward stayed on the bench for the entirety of the 2-0 victory over El Salvador on Saturday and could miss out again on Tuesday

Argentina will give Lionel Messi as much time as possible before deciding if he is fit to face Ecuador in Tuesday's friendly in New Jersey.

The Barcelona star missed Saturday's 2-0 win over El Salvador in Washington due to swelling on his right foot and it remains unclear whether he will recover in time for this clash.

A Nestor Renderos own goal and a late Federico Mancuello effort on his debut earned Argentina a win against El Salvador.

Mancuello's strike was his fourth goal in as many matches after scoring in three successive games for Independiente in the build-up to his international bow.

Ecuador, meanwhile, went down 1-0 to Javier Hernandez's winner for Mexico in Los Angeles, as they were left to rue Miller Bolanos' missed penalty 17 minutes from time.

That match marked Gustavo Quinteros' first game in charge after he took over from interim boss Sixto Vizuete in January.

The new coach was encouraged by the display against Mexico as he begins to look forward to the Copa America in June and the World Cup qualifiers beyond that.

"We'll try to get to the Copa America in much better form, but we mainly focus on the World Cup qualifiers," he told Ole.

"We have to organise ourselves defensively. We can correct this by working hard. In the Copa America we'll play matches similar to these two.

"We are looking for a different direction and we need a long time training, several matches, a long time altogether.

"I liked the way we played against Mexico, as in several moments of the game the team played as I want - pushing forward and having good possession."