Will Messi play for Inter Miami in the preseason friendly against Hong Kong XI?

Inter Miami’s preseason schedule continues at a break-neck pace: just a couple of days after the Herons suffered a 6-0 thrashing by Saudi Pro League club Al Nassr, they now play their next warm-up for the 2024 MLS season.

Today, Miami face a Hong Kong XI at Hong Kong Stadium, an arena that is set to be packed out. After the visit of Lionel Messi and co was confirmed, tickets for the game sold out in minutes.

Messi fitness concerns ahead of Hong Kong clash

However, there are doubts about Messi’s involvement in the friendly, after a minor injury issue prevented the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner from starting Miami’s heavy defeat in Riyadh on Thursday.

The Argentina captain was restricted to a brief second-half appearance as a substitute, replacing Leonardo Campana with eight minutes remaining.

Will Messi play for Inter Miami against Hong Kong?

Speaking to reporters in Hong Kong on Friday, Inter Miami head coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino appeared optimistic that Messi will be able to return to the line-up.

“We want Leo to play as much as possible,” Martino said. “We will evaluate the players. The hope is that Leo can play the most minutes. We will see in tomorrow’s training but it is likely he will play on Sunday.”

He added: “We’ve had four games without winning in preseason, we have to come out of this dynamic. It’s a priority to win Sunday’s game.”

Possible Inter Miami line-up vs Hong Kong: Drake Callender, Jordi Alba, Serhiy Kryvtsov, Noah Allen, Tomás Avilés, Julian Gressel, Sergio Busquets, Gregore, Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez, David Ruiz.


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