Argentina and Panama are bracing for the return of Lionel Messi, but they'll have to wait until Gerardo Martino goes to his bench to see him.

Argentina is set to welcome the reigning FIFA World Player of the Year back from a back injury, but he's not starting in Friday's Copa America match. Meanwhile, Panama must find a way to defend his star-studded teammates in this meeting of teams tied atop Group C. Angel Di Maria and Ever Banega stepped up in Messi's absence to lead Argentina over Chile, while Blas Perez's brace lifted Panama over Bolivia. The winner Friday night in Chicago will have pole position for first place in the group.

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Argentina closes group play vs. Bolivia, while Chile takes on Panama on Tuesday.

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