Lionel Messi will miss Inter Miami’s next game against Orlando City SC on Sunday, September 24, after leaving Wednesday’s match against Toronto FC early with a leg injury.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner was substituted in the 37th minute of Wednesday’s game after appearing to be in discomfort. Inter Miami coach Gerardo Martino said after the game that Messi would miss at least one more match.
“He had an old injury that had been bothering him,” Martino said. “We don’t think it’s a muscular injury, but we have to continue being careful and we’ll look at him the next few days.”
Messi has been one of Inter Miami’s most influential players since joining the club in July. He has scored six goals and provided five assists in 11 appearances.
His absence will be a blow to Inter Miami, who are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference table and three points outside of the playoff places.
However, it is important for Messi to recover fully from his injury before returning to action. He is a key player for Inter Miami and they will need him at his best if they are to make the playoffs this season.
What does Messi’s injury mean for Inter Miami?
Messi’s injury is a significant blow to Inter Miami. He is their most important player and they will need to find a way to replace his goals and creativity.
Inter Miami have other talented players in their attack, such as Gonzalo Higuain, Alejandro Pozuelo, and Blaise Matuidi. However, none of these players are at the same level as Messi.
Inter Miami will also need to adapt their style of play to Messi’s absence. They are a team that likes to build attacks through possession and Messi is essential to that style of play.
Without Messi, Inter Miami will need to be more direct in their attack. They will also need to rely more on their other attacking players to create chances.
It is unclear how long Messi will be out of action. However, Inter Miami will need to find a way to win without him if they are to make the playoffs this season.