Lionel Messi’s leg issue is ‘bothering him’ again, causing concern for Inter Miami even in victory

Lionel Messi’s leg issue is ‘bothering him’ again, causing concern for Inter Miami even in victory

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi races ahead of Nashville SC midfielder Anibal Godoy during the first half of a CONCACAF Champions Cup soccer match Wednesday, March 13, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Michael Laughlin)

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi runs ahead of Nashville SC midfielder Anibal Godoy during the first half of a Concacaf Champions Cup football match on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (AP Photo/Michael Laughlin).Lionel Messi left Inter Miami’s Wednesday triumph over Nashville after 50 minutes due to what head coach Tata Martino described as a “overload” in his right back-of-leg muscles.Miami won Wednesday’s game 3-1 (5-3 aggregate) to progress to the Concacaf Champions Cup quarterfinals. Messi scored one goal and assisted another in a simple first half.But he only played five minutes in the second half. “We tried to see if he could last a little longer,” Martino explained after the game. “But it was bothering him.” According to Martino, Messi will very likely miss Miami’s next game, which is against D.C. United on Saturday.Martino framed the substitution as a precaution. He mentioned not wanting to “run any risks.” However, his wording was worrisome since it matched the answers he provided last autumn when Messi struggled with his right hamstring, a chronic issue throughout his career.The issue arose last September, when Messi left a World Cup qualifier early. He then missed a second qualifier and an Inter Miami match against Atlanta United. He returned for an MLS game against Toronto FC, and everything seemed well until he left after 36 minutes.Martino initially classified the situation as “fatigue.” But he later clarified that the problem was “scar tissue.”May be an image of ‎2 people, people playing football, people playing soccer and ‎text that says '‎49:30 INTER MIAMI 16 Robert Taylor NASHVILLE sc 10 ionel Messi (4-2) HD SSC مباشر MOR M30Xtra‎'‎‎Martino and Inter Miami largely avoided using the term “injury.” However, Messi ended up missing part or all of eight games. His absence sank Inter’s season. The concern, of course, is that a similar damage could occur again.Messi suffered what appeared to be a different adductor injury during a gruelling preseason tour around the globe. By the end, he acknowledged to feeling “a little tired from all this travel.” He was fit to begin the MLS season, however, and as dazzling as ever.Có thể là hình ảnh về 2 người, mọi người đang chơi bóng bầu dục, mọi người đang chơi bóng đá, giày đinh và văn bảnThis month, the back-of-leg discomfort appears to have returned. Messi was seen receiving treatment on the same leg that affected him six days later during the first leg of the Concacaf Champions Cup in Nashville last week.Có thể là hình ảnh về 3 người, mọi người đang chơi bóng đá và mọi người đang chơi bóng bầu dụcBut he is iffy for Inter Miami’s next game, which is in less than 72 hours on Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C.

“I imagine that he won’t be available for Saturday’s game,” Martino said. “They will surely take [scans], and we will see how he progresses.”

Messi could then be questionable for two Argentina friendlies in the U.S. in late March. Inter Miami’s next meaningful game will be in early April, a Champions Cup quarterfinal against either Monterrey or FC Cincinnati.

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