Inter Miami’s star player, Lionel Messi, is currently grappling with “muscle fatigue,” confirmed the team’s coach, Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino.
Messi’s absence from the pitch was evident as Miami faced a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Atlanta United, dealing a blow to their playoff aspirations.
Martino stressed the importance of prioritising 36-year-old Messi’s well-being over rushing him back into action. He said that it would have been “very reckless” to field the Argentine superstar in the Atlanta match.
Martino’s primary focus is on preparing his team for the upcoming September 27th final of the US Open Cup, where Miami will host Houston, aiming to secure their second trophy of the season.
Regarding Messi’s recovery, Martino said, “They will train tomorrow (Sunday), and we will see day by day. Nothing changes our outlook on how he (Messi) will train. We have no urgency.”
The cautious approach ensures Messi’s readiness without compromising his health.