Inter Miami left Lionel Messi off the substitute bench, who did not play a minute in the Herons' 4-1 win over Hong Kong XI in the fifth friendly for the American team. And, in this way, he achieved his first victory so far this season. The match was played at the So Kon Po Stadium.
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La Pulga has been suffering from a muscle discomfort since the match against Al Hilal and as a precaution Gerardo Martino decided to leave out two squads. Although in the official broadcast of the match Leo appeared as an option among the Florida team's replacements, Inter's official account shared the team lineup in which the captain of the Argentine National Team does not appear.
The Florida club confirmed the absence of Lionel Messi. (Photo: @InterMiamiCF/Twitter)
Gerardo Martino told why Messi did not play against Hong Kong
“Leo has inflammation in his adductor and we take it day by day. We always have the expectation that he can evolve in the right way. The medical staff stated that it was very risky. In the case of Luis, the problem is with his knee,” the coach said at a press conference.
On the other hand, the coach of Inter Miami referred to the fans' anger for not seeing La Pulga. “We understand people's disappointment in the absence of Messi and Suárez. We were at great risk of aggravating his injuries and that is why we made that decision with the medical staff.”
When does Lionel Messi's Inter Miami play again?
Inter Miami will face Vissel Kobe on Wednesday, February 7 with a time to be determined at the National Stadium in Japan.
Inter Miami friendly schedule in 2024
El Salvador 0-0 Inter Miami.FC Dallas 1-0 Inter Miami.Al Hilal 4-3 Inter Miami.Al Nassr 6-0 Inter Miami.Hong Kong 0-4 Inter Miami.Vissel Kobe vs. InterMiami | Friendly | Wednesday 7/02, with schedule to be defined | National Stadium of Japan. Inter Miami vs. Newell's | Friendly | Thursday 02/15, with schedule to be defined | DRV PNK Stadium.
When does MLS 2024 start?
Inter Miami will play on February 21, starting at 10 p.m. (Argentina time), at home against Real Salt Lake, for the first date of Major League Soccer (MLS), at the DRV PNK Stadium (Fort Lauderdale) , which has capacity for 21 thousand spectators.