It’s no secret that Lionel Messi is currently dealing with an injury. Messi has already missed six matches for Inter Miami and one game for the Argentina National Team. In the last seven matches with Inter Miami, Messi started only once in the game against Toronto, but he was forced to be substituted after just 37 minutes due to injury.
So, what happened to Leo?
The 36-year-old Argentine is currently suffering from a hamstring tear, and it seems highly unlikely that Messi will be available for Inter Miami for the remainder of the season. Before this injury, Lionel Messi was performing brilliantly at both the club and national levels.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner reportedly suffered the hamstring tear during a World Cup qualifier game against Ecuador. After the Ecuador game, he was given rest by Scaloni for the match against Bolivia. Initially, the injury didn’t seem that serious, so Messi was available for the match against Toronto in MLS. However, the hamstring injury got worse during the Toronto game.
A significant setback for Inter Miami
The absence of Lionel Messi is a massive blow to Inter Miami’s playoff aspirations. Before signing Messi, Inter Miami had only won once in ten matches. Messi’s arrival completely transformed Miami’s fortunes, as they remained undefeated for 11 consecutive matches, even winning the Leagues Cup during this period. However, as soon as Messi was sidelined due to injury, Inter Miami began losing more matches. In Messi’s absence, the club suffered a defeat in the US Open Cup Final and two more losses in the MLS.
With Messi likely to miss the rest of the season, Inter Miami now has to find a way to secure a playoff spot without their main man. Currently, they are four points below the playoff-securing position with only four matches left to play.
Messi’s 2023 stats
As Messi’s season with Inter Miami is almost over, it’s highly unlikely that he will feature in any other games this year. So far, Lionel Messi has scored 26 goals and provided 12 assists in just 38 appearances this season. He has won the Leagues Cup, Ligue 1, and FIFA The Best in this year. Additionally, he was awarded the best player and top scorer in the League Cup 2023.