Lionel Messi Injury: Will Inter Miami’s savior play against Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions Cup?

Lionel Messi is one of the best players of the world, and he has taken his new side, Inter Miami, to new heights. Ever since he joined the MLS side last year, he has transformed them into a superior version. They have started winning many games and are playing better soccer as well.

Messi also won them their first trophy ever in the Leagues Cup, and he almost won them the US Open Cup as well. This season, they have made a strong start to the season, challenging for both the MLS and the CONCACAF Champions Cup trophies. But it seems the team could see their star player miss those games.

What injury does Lionel Messi have?

Lionel Messi has been quite injury prone since joining the David Beckham co-owned club. He was recently sidelined once again with a hamstring issue, which saw him miss the international break’s friendly games for Argentina. His club also suffered without him, losing 4-0 to the New York Red Bulls and a 1-1 draw against New York City. It is clear that the club heavily misses the player and without the Argentine, they suffer a lot.

Manager Tata Martino had previously voiced his concern that Messi should not play every game. He had previously said he would use Messi very sparingly, and carefully maintain his playing time to reduce injuries. Apparently, his right hamstring is the main issue from last season, when he had initially suffered it. And that is why he has not played many games, even when he was fit, to avoid fatigue and a relapse of the injury.

Lionel Messi
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At the age of 36, Messi is no longer the same player he once was, and this means he will be injured more regularly and feel more tired after every game. This means that we could see this situation become a common occurrence this season. Fans will also be frustrated to not see Messi play, with an infamous example being the Hong Kong friendly at the start of the season.

Lionel Messi’s current injury status for CONCACAF Champions Cup clash

With his current injury status, Lionel Messi is also a doubt for the club’s next games, which are also very crucial. Inter Miami is due to face Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions Cup quarter finals, and without Messi to lead them, they could be in huge trouble. With only 3 days left and no sign of Messi’s injury getting better, fans of the club have reason to be worried.

After all, the Herons have been unbeaten this season when Messi has been on the pitch for them. Their only defeats came when Messi didn’t play and he has also saved them multiple times through late-minute goals.

At the moment, the club is hopeful of Messi getting fit in time for the clash, but manager Tata Martino has said he won’t risk Messi playing through his injury. There is definite hope that he will be included in the squad, but whether he will start the game is another question.

Inter Miami will host Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions Cup quarterfinal’s first leg on Thursday, and the Herons will hope Lionel Messi plays for them.

Fazal Al Bashar

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Fazal is a passionate soccer aficionado, who when not discovering the latest soccer stories and rumors, indulges in playing FIFA all night. While he sucks at the sport, he knows the who and what in all things soccer-related.


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