Lionel Messi to start Argentina's final Copa América warmup

Scaloni confirms Lionel Messi will start in Copa America warmup fixture (0:40)

Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni says Lionel Messi will start their Copa America warmup game against Guatemala. (0:40)

Manager Lionel Scaloni has confirmed that Lionel Messi will start for Argentina against Guatemala at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, as they finalise their preparations for Copa América.

Messi, 36, came off the bench in Argentina's opening warmup game against Ecuador on Sunday, with Scaloni saying they would manage the forward's minutes in the lead-up to the tournament.

Messi has dealt with muscle injuries while playing for Inter Miami this season, with Argentina making sure he remains first for Copa América. However, Scaloni confirmed Messi will start against Guatemala and could play the whole match.

"Leo is going to play from the start," Scaloni said at a news conference Thursday. "The other day it was decided that he play a few minutes, and we had already talked about him playing. Based on how he is, we will see the amount. If he can play everything, even better.

"We expect the same from him as always: that he plays football, that he associates with his teammates and that he be himself. On the field, in the end what we need is that he is comfortable, that he is comfortable with the team that we put out."

Scaloni is yet to announce his final 26-player roster, waiting until after the Ecuador game to make the final cuts.

Argentina are scheduled to kick off their tournament against Group A opponents Canada on June 20.