Leo Messi, doubtful against New York City due to his muscle problems


leo messi who missed the US Open Cup final due to injury on Wednesday, is also listed as a doubt for Saturday’s key MLS match when Inter Miami hosts New York City.

Argentine Javier Morales, assistant coach of his compatriot Gerardo Martino in the Miami team, confirmed this Friday to the media that the albiceleste number 10 continues to deal with muscle problems.

Morales said that along Messi They were going “every day”, he explained that he would train and “test” this Friday and explained that from there they would see “if he is available for tomorrow”.

On the other hand, the coach removed Jordi Alba for this weekend’s match, with a muscle injury in his hamstrings.

The Miami team has five games left in MLS to try to climb the positions and enter the league playoffs.

The first of those games is this Saturday against New York City in a head-to-head matchup with another team fighting to make the playoffs.

Inter Miami has 32 points after 29 MLS games while New York City, ninth in the East (the last place to qualify for the playoffs), has 37 points after 31 games.

Messi requested a change in the first half of the match against Toronto on September 20 (4-0 victory), he did not play in the Florida derby against Orlando City on Sunday the 24th (1-1) and did not take the field in the Cup final that Inter Miami lost this Wednesday 1-2 against Houston Dynamo.

The Argentine star has had a very busy schedule since, with all the games at Inter Miami in just two months, we have to add his call-up to the Argentine national team (he played against Ecuador and rested against Bolivia).

The injury cut short Inter Miami’s impressive run since Messi’s arrival, scoring 11 goals in 12 games for those in pink and leading them to the first title in their short history (the Leagues Cup) in August .

Martino stressed, after Wednesday’s final, that they did not want to risk Messi and that it would not be “prudent” for him to play that match for the Cup title.

“And yes, he will surely play before the league ends (…). Starting today we will go game by game defining the situation to see when the medical department tells us that he is fit to play without taking risks,” he added

Source: La Verdad


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