Lionel Messi might miss Argentina's upcoming Copa America match versus Peru to recuperate from a thigh injury, as his team has secured a spot in the next phase following two victories. Despite turning 37 this week and dealing with muscle issues, Messi received medical attention for his thigh during Argentina's 1-0 win against Chile in the US-hosted competition. He played the full match, nearly scoring with a long-range effort and playing a pivotal role in Argentina's offensive plays. Messi commented, 'It's a bit uncomfortable, but I managed to finish the game. I hope it's not serious... I couldn't move freely due to the discomfort.' He suggested it might be prudent to skip the Peru game on Saturday. 'We'll see how the next few days go, how I recover. We've made significant progress in qualifying and can relax. It's a lot of games, a lot of travel,' Messi added, mentioning he also had a sore throat and fever before the Chile match. With a 2-0 win over Canada, Argentina, the reigning world champions and tournament favorites, are comfortably leading Group A with six points, ahead of Canada on three after their win over Peru. Argentina is content with their straightforward wins in the Copa America, especially after their dramatic 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the Qatar World Cup. The victory at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, sealed by a late goal from Lautaro Martinez, helped Messi overcome a painful memory from the 2016 Copa America final where his missed penalty led to a loss against Chile. Coach Lionel Scaloni has not confirmed whether Messi will be rested against Peru, but it is widely assumed to ensure his fitness for the quarter-finals. Having achieved numerous honors with Barcelona, it was only in the later stages of his career that Messi led Argentina to victory in major international tournaments, matching the legendary status of Diego Maradona in Argentina. He captained Argentina to win the last Copa America in 2021 and the Qatar World Cup in 2022. With speculation about this possibly being his final international tournament, Scaloni encourages fans to enjoy watching Messi without speculating about his future. The scenario seems ripe for another Messi-inspired story, especially as rivals Brazil are struggling and the July 14 Copa final is in Florida, where Messi plays for Inter Miami.