Uncertainty Surrounds Lionel Messi's Availability
Lionel Messi's availability for Inter Miami's upcoming MLS showdown on Sunday and the subsequent U.S.
Open Cup final clash on Wednesday hangs in the balance after the star forward sustained an injury while on international duty with Argentina. Messi's injury ordeal began when he missed Miami's previous match, a disappointing 5-2 loss to Atlanta, due to the knock he picked up. Despite returning to the lineup against Toronto, optimism was short-lived as he could only manage 37 minutes on the field before being substituted, accompanied by Jordi Alba, his former Barcelona comrade. Both Messi and Alba subsequently missed Miami's Friday training session, and manager Tata Martino has since confirmed Messi's unavailability for Sunday's fixture.
The nature of Messi's injury is reported to be a "scar" issue, with Martino expressing uncertainty about the extent of the discomfort it causes. This injury has left Messi in a state of physical and mental unease, making his participation in Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup final against Houston uncertain.
Messi, who has been a prolific scorer with 11 goals in just 12 appearances for Miami, played a pivotal role in securing Leagues Cup glory earlier this summer. However, the team's hopes for silverware in the U.S. Open Cup final remain shrouded in doubt, pending Messi's recovery from his injury.
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