Messi misses Inter Miami training ahead of U.S. Open Cup final: With his return to action still up in the air, Lionel Messi did not participate in Inter Miami’s practise prior to their U.S. Open Cup final versus Houston Dynamo on Wednesday. ENoughInfo.com
In addition to their triumph in the Leagues Cup last month, Miami has the opportunity to capture their second title in the final since Messi joined the team.
Due to his “day-to-day” health, Messi was not present for Miami’s 1-1 tie against Orlando City on Sunday, according to coach Gerardo Martino.
It’s yet unknown if Messi is only experiencing exhaustion from his demanding schedule. Since joining the team in July, or if he is dealing with an ailment.
Martino made reference to the player’s past “scars” that are causing him problems, but he made no mention of any particular injury.
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More information on Messi’s potential involvement in the game might be revealed at Martino’s scheduled media appearance later on Tuesday.
For the first fifteen minutes of Inter’s training session, which was accessible to the media, neither Messi nor Jordi Alba—his former Barcelona teammate—participated.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has been having trouble ever since being replaced in the 88th minute of Argentina’s September 7 World Cup qualifying match against Ecuador.
Five days later, he skipped Bolivia’s second qualifier for the world champions. And later returned to his club following the international break.
Then, on September 16, Messi was absent from Miami’s 5-2 loss to Atlanta. With Martino citing muscular exhaustion as the reason.
Then, he was forced to be substituted in the 38th minute of the home game versus Toronto. This was only minutes after Alba had been taken off.
Regarding Messi’s prospects of playing the Dynamo, Martino remained ambiguous following Sunday’s 1-1 tie in the Florida derby.
Messi misses Inter Miami training ahead of U.S. Open Cup final
“It is very difficult to put a percentage as to what the chances are that he could play because we are taking it day by day,” Martino said.
“We will evaluate him, and I will first listen to what he says as to how he feels. We then have to evaluate what the future risks are,” he added.
Miami hopes to make a late push for postseason spots with five games left in the MLS regular season after the championship.
Miami will play home to New York City FC on Saturday. The team is five points ahead of Martino’s squad and now in ninth place, the last playoff qualifying slot.
The oldest football competition in the nation is without a doubt the U.S. Open Cup, a knockout competition for amateur and professional clubs that has been played for since 1914.