Lionel Messi absent for Inter Miami’s MLS clash vs Atlanta United
Posted by  badge Boss on Sep 17, 2023 - 12:15AM
Lionel Messi missed Inter Miami’s MLS clash against Atlanta United (AP)

was absent for Inter Miami’s Major League Soccer clash against United on Saturday.

The 36-year-old has made a brilliant start to life in the with 11 goals in 11 appearances so far.

But Inter Miami head coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino is keen to manage Messi’s fitness during the season to ensure that the Argentine does not pick up any injuries.

‘We will be careful with him because we have a lot of important games in a short span,’ Martino said before the game.

‘But the idea is to not get or any other player injured.’

Lionel Messi had played 12 games in 48 days after scoring the winner in Argentina’s victory over Ecuador (Shutterstock)

Martino confirmed before the his side’s game against Atlanta that Messi is not carrying an injury, which indicated that he has been given an extended rest period.

Messi played nearly a full game and scored a sublime free kick in Argentina’s 1-0 win over Ecuador last week.

He then travelled with Argentina’s squad for their World Cup qualifier against Bolivia but did not play in the 3-0 win.

Messi had played 12 games in 48 days with his appearance for Argentina against Ecuador.


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