Categories: Sports

Messi Misses Miami’s Atlanta Trip Due To Fatigue


Lionel Messi will skip Inter Miami’s game at Atalanta United on Saturday having not travelled with the team due to fatigue, a club source has told AFP.

The Major League Soccer clash at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium had been expected to attract a crowd of over 70,000.

Messi had sat out Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Bolivia in La Paz but watched his team-mates from the bench.

READ ALSO: Liverpool Beat Wolves 3-1 To Top Premier League Table

The forward had been substituted in the final minutes of the 1-0 win over Ecuador on September 7, after scoring the winner, but there have been no reports of an injury.

He had played 11 games in 44 days for Miami before the international break.

Asked about Messi’s involvement in the game on Friday, Miami coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino said: “He is fine….obviously, we will be very cautious going forward with Leo because we have a lot of important games in a short span, and we don’t want Leo or any other player to get injured.”

Atlanta play on an artificial surface but Messi had previously said that he did not consider such fields to be a problem for him and the source confirmed that had not been a factor in the decision.

Miami, who are attempting to rise from their pre-Messi position at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, into the playoff spots, have another game on Wednesday at home to Toronto FC.


Donatus Anichukwueze

Disqus Comments Loading...
Published by
Donatus Anichukwueze

Recent Posts

Neymar And Al Hilal Suffer Scare In Asian Champions League

Neymar, signed last month from Paris Saint-Germain for a reported €90 million, was making his…

14 mins ago

Canada Links India To Slaying Of Sikh Exile, Expels Intel Chief

Tensions between the two nations flared further earlier this month during the G20 summit in…

20 mins ago

Invest In Nigeria’s Solid Minerals Sector, Tinubu Urges South African Firms

Tinubu advanced his economic development diplomatic drive for investment attraction during an engagement with the South…

51 mins ago

FG Has Not Made Any Effort On CNG Buses, Cash Transfers, Others – NLC

NLC president Joe Ajaero spoke out hours after Monday’s deadlocked meeting with government officials to…

1 hour ago

US, Iran Release Prisoners In $6bn Swap Deal

Biden's Republican rivals have roundly denounced the deal. Republican Senator Mitt Romney said it would…

2 hours ago

NLC Tackles TUC For ‘Backing Out Of A Strike They Didn’t Call’

Both unions have held separate engagements with the Federal Government since the NLC's two-day warning…

3 hours ago