Home » Gerardo Martino to Take a Call on Lionel Messi’s Availability for Inter Miami’s Clash vs Monterrey

Gerardo Martino to Take a Call on Lionel Messi’s Availability for Inter Miami’s Clash vs Monterrey

by admin
0 comment

Published By: Amar Sunil Panicker

Last Updated:

United States of America (USA)

MLS: Inter Miami’s Lionel Messi (AP)

Inter Miami’s manager, Gerardo Martino revealed that he would take a call on Lionel Messi’s availability for their next game against Monterrey.

Lionel Messi, nagged by a hamstring injury, will be a game-day decision for Inter Miami to play against Mexican rival Monterrey in Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions Cup quarter-final first-leg match.

Miami coach Gerardo Martino confirmed Messi’s still-uncertain status on the eve of his club’s home match against the five-time Cup champions from the Mexican league.

Messi has missed Miami’s past three MLS matches with a right hamstring injury but practised alongside Inter teammates Tuesday morning, sparking anticipation he might be healthy for the first time since helping Inter reach the quarter-final by beating Nashville on March 13.

Follow all the action from IPL 2024, including the IPL 2024 Schedule and IPL 2024 Points Table. Also, check Players vying for IPL 2024 Orange Cap and IPL 2024 Purple Cap 

“Tomorrow we’ll decide. Today, I don’t know,” Martino said about Messi’s availability.

“He trained today, yes. There’s still 24 hours left. Tomorrow we’ll decide.”

Martino refuses to risk the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner from Argentina for the season for the sake of a better chance at a Cup triumph.

“The main thing is Leo’s injury and managing the times of that injury,” Martino said.

“While it’s true we play a very important game tomorrow, you have to realize we’re in the beginning of April, everything is just getting started.

“What we can’t do is put our players’ physical condition at risk We’ll decide what’s best for Leo.”

Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez has five goals and three assists for Miami in MLS matches with two goals and two assists in Cup matches.

“We know we’re going to suffer, we’re going to struggle because (Monterrey) have their strengths,” Suarez said. “But we have to be prepared for those moments. And whoever plays best over 180 minutes will advance.”

That will include the second leg in Mexico on April 10.

Monterrey, co-leaders in the Mexican league with Club America, are sparked by Spain’s Sergio Canales and former Cincinnati striker Brandon Vazquez with five goals each.

Defender Sergii Kryvtsov was ruled out with an injury while centre back Nicolas Freire, on loan from Pumas, is questionable.

“We have to face tomorrow’s game without any type of excuse,” Martino said. “You all know the reality but we are in conditions to compete and compete well even with the injuries.”

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – AFP)

You may also like

All Right Reserved. @sportztalks

Are you sure want to unlock this post?
Unlock left : 0
Are you sure want to cancel subscription?