After much debate, Lionel Messi has not traveled to Atlanta for Saturday’s match against Atlanta United in MLS.
The Argentine does not have any serious injury, as confirmed by Inter Miami coach Tata Martino, but he has some discomfort and fatigue that will prevent him from taking part in what was going to be his first game on artificial turf this season.
Messi did not play in Argentina‘s second World Cup qualifier against Bolivia after he asked to be substituted in the final minutes of the first game against Ecuador.
Why isn’t Messi playing against Atlanta United?
That fatigue will force him to stay in Miami to rest this weekend, a decision encouraged by the fact that, on September 27, Inter Miami play the US Open Cup final against Hector Herrera’s Houston Dynamo.
Messi already won the Leagues Cup final with Inter Miami and could add a second trophy to the club’s cabinet since his arrival.
What’s more, Inter Miami will have to play every three days between now and then due to MLS commitments.
The league is a tournament where it will be difficult for Inter to reach the playoffs, although their chances have improved significantly since the forward’s arrival.
They are second to last in the Eastern Conference table, but only six points behind DC United, who are in the playoffs, and with two games in hand.
It is a difficult, but not impossible, situation, although Saturday’s match against Atlanta United could prove decisive.