Messi Returns to Inter Miami Lineup for Season Finale
Injury-Limited Messi Named to Starting XI
A muscle issue had limited Lionel Messi to just two appearances for Inter Miami since September 3rd.
However, the World Cup winner has recovered from his injury and has been named to the starting lineup for Inter Miami’s final game of the MLS regular season against Charlotte FC on Saturday night.
Messi’s Absence Coincides with Inter Miami’s Playoff Hopes Fading
The Argentine’s limited availability has coincided with Inter Miami’s playoff hopes slipping away.
The Herons were eliminated from playoff contention on October 7th after a 1-0 home loss to Cincinnati.
Messi Returns to Action for Argentina
Despite his limited club appearances, Messi has been in fine form for Argentina.
He scored twice and played all 90 minutes in Argentina’s 2-0 win over Peru in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.
Messi Expected to Play in Inter Miami’s Season Finale
Messi is expected to play in Inter Miami’s season finale against Charlotte FC on Saturday night.
The match is meaningless for Inter Miami, but it is a must-win for Charlotte if they want to have any hope of making the playoffs.
Uncertainty Surrounding Messi’s Availability
There is some uncertainty surrounding Messi’s availability for Saturday’s match.
Inter Miami manager Tata Martino has said that he will see if Messi is “ready to play” on Saturday.
Charlotte FC in Peculiar Position
The uncertainty surrounding Messi’s availability leaves Charlotte FC in a peculiar position.
They must win Saturday’s match in order to have any hope of making the playoffs.
However, they will be facing an Inter Miami side that is likely to be boosted by the return of their star player.