Will Lionel Messi’s injuries affect Inter Miami’s playoff run?
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Lionel Messi’s ongoing battle with fatigue and injuries could have a significant impact on Inter Miami’s chances of making it to the MLS postseason. As reported by Safid Deen, Messi has been forced to sit out several games recently, missing out on crucial opportunities for his team.
Messi was notably absent from tonight’s match against New York City FC at DRV PNK Stadium. He did not arrive with the team bus and was not listed on the club’s roster for the game. This marks the third consecutive game that Messi will miss due to his undisclosed injury and fatigue issues.
Despite Inter Miami’s best efforts, they were unable to secure a victory in tonight’s match, which ended in a 1-1 draw. The team had a chance to clinch the win in the final minutes of stoppage time, but Tomás Avilés’ header ultimately found the back of the net, leaving Miami’s playoff hopes hanging in the balance.
NYCFC took the lead earlier in the match, with Santiago Rodriguez scoring in the 77th minute. Inter Miami had until the 90-minute mark to salvage a point. However, they were unable to find the back of the net.
Injuries have plagued the team, with players like Benjamin Cremaschi and Dixon Arroyo colliding in the 56th minute, potentially missing out on a scoring opportunity. Messi, wearing a pink shirt and a gold watch, watched the match from behind the bench but was unable to make a significant impact.
Inter Miami’s hopes for the postseason rest on their ability to secure victories in their remaining five matches. Currently, they are trailing NYCFC, who hold the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference by five points with two games in hand. With 32 points, Miami has a challenging task ahead to secure their place in the playoffs.
While the team continues to struggle, Messi’s availability remains uncertain. Inter Miami’s assistant coach, Javier Morales, emphasized the importance of managing Messi’s injury carefully to avoid making it worse. The club is taking a day-to-day approach to evaluate his condition and determine if he will be available for future matches.
In addition to Messi, fellow former Barcelona FC player Jordi Alba is also sidelined due to injury. Alba is dealing with a hamstring injury and will not be able to play against New York City FC.
Inter Miami’s remaining matches will be crucial in determining their playoff fate. These matches, along with the rest of the MLS season, can be streamed via the MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.