Why isn’t Lionel Messi playing for Inter Miami against Orlando City in MLS today?

The second “Clásico del Sol” match of the season will be held on Wednesday evening, but Inter Miami They will have to face Orlando City without Lionel Messi. According to journalist Tom Bogert of The Athletic, The former Barcelona star did not travel with his teammates Multilateral Competition game of the week At Inter & Co Stadium.

Messi fitness update: What injury does he have?

Javier Morales, the Hirons' assistant coach, revealed on Tuesday The Argentine captain suffered a knee injury In the weekend's win over Montreal, his fitness will be assessed before the team's final training session before the match.

but Messi failed to clear the problem in time and will not be risked in the Florida derbywith a busy run of matches before he departs for the Copa America with the Argentine national team in mid-June.

After missing five matches due to a muscle problem. The 36-year-old has made seven straight appearances (six in MLS) Since his return in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions Cup round of 16 against Monterrey. Inter Miami was beaten in that encounter but was beaten They were undefeated in those six matches at home, winning the last five of them.

What is Inter Miami's record this season without Messi?

Gerardo “Tata” Martino's team is flying high at the top of the MLS East standings and the overall table, with… Messi has scored 10 goals and 12 assists in just nine matches Having a lot to do with it.

However, their record without him leaves a lot to be desired.

Las Garzas He was unbeaten in nine MLS matches (seven wins and two draws). Messi On the team, however They won just once in four matches without him, losing twice and drawing once. The eight-time Ballon d'Or winner's importance cannot be understated.


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