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Surprise drug tests

Thursday, May 29, 2014

BUENOS AIRES - Lionel Messi and his fellow Argentinian World Cup squad members have been subjected to an unexpected anti-doping test, a day after the squad convened for the start of a training camp in the Buenos Aires suburbs.

According to Argentine sports channel TyC Sports, six FIFA-appointed doctors were sent to the team's training base in Ezeiza, where players were forced to train inside because of the cold, foggy conditions.

Midfielders Fernando Gago and Ever Banega trained separately from the rest of the squad with the pair still working their way back from injury.

Meanwhile, Angel Di Maria, who helped Real Madrid win the Champions League final on Sunday, touched down yesterday in Buenos Aires before taking a private jet to his hometown Rosario. He is scheduled to join the group at the end of the week. Argentina will play debutants Bosnia in their Group F opener.

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