Sports Editorial (USA), Sep 30 (EFE).- Lionel Messi will not play this Saturday against New York City, which marks the third game in a row that the Argentine star has missed due to injury with Inter Miami.
Messi, who was unable to play in the US Open Cup final on Wednesday, was a doubt for this key match in the pink team’s aspirations to get into the MLS playoff, but in the end he did not enter the squad as he continues dragging muscle problems.
Neither did Jordi Alba, who also has a muscle injury and had already been ruled out on Friday.
This is the eleven that Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has designed for this afternoon’s match: Callender; Ruíz, Avilés, Kryvstov, Miller, Allen; Busquets, Arroyo, Cremaschi; Farías and Campana.
The Miami team has five games left in the MLS to try to climb positions and access the league’s playoffs.
The first of those matches is this Saturday against New York City in a direct duel with another team that is fighting to access the playoffs.
Inter Miami has 32 points after 29 games and is fourteenth in the East, while New York City, ninth in the same conference (the last place to qualify for the playoffs), has 37 points after 31 games.
Messi asked for the 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 he did not take the field in the final of the US Open Cup that Inter Miami lost this Wednesday 1-2 against the Houston Dynamo.
This injury has cut short the splendid streak that Inter Miami was experiencing since Messi arrived, who scored 11 goals in 12 games for those in pink and led them to the first title in their brief history (the Leagues Cup) in August.
The genius from Rosario has had a very busy schedule since, to all those games with Inter Miami in just over two months, we must add his call-up with the Argentina national team (he played against Ecuador and rested against Bolivia).