Lionel Messi was unable to play again on Saturday due to an injury and was not included in Inter Miami’s roster for their match against New York City FC in the Major League Soccer match. As a result, he has now missed three consecutive games.
Messi was removed from the game after 38 minutes of the team’s victory over Toronto FC on September 20, but he did not play in the team’s subsequent league game against Orlando and in Wednesday’s loss to Houston in the US Open Cup.
Before playing in Toronto, the player who won the World Cup sat out both Argentina’s World Cup qualifying match in Bolivia as well as the away trip to Atlanta. He also did not play.
In addition to Messi’s old teammate at Barcelona, Jordi Alba, who will not be playing for Miami because of a hamstring injury, Saturday’s game is an important one for the Heat’s chances of reaching the postseason.
The New York City Football Club (NYCFC) is now in ninth place and holds the last playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. Despite being five points ahead of Miami, which has two games in hand, NYCFC is still in ninth place.
Gerardo Martino, who is from Argentina and serves as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, said that his squad has been unlucky with injuries and that they are also without right back DeAndre Yedlin.
The phrase “casualties are part of what can happen in a season,” which he stated, “but they rarely happen in the quantity and importance that we have, so we have to accept it.”