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“He’s Fine, but…” – Lionel Messi’s Turf Debut in NFL Stadium in Doubt as Inter Miami Boss Details His Participation

Published 09/16/2023, 7:15 AM EDT

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Tomorrow, Inter Miami will return to action for their MLS fixture against Atlanta United. But as the hours tick down to this significant clash, the question of whether Lionel Messi will make his turf debut in an NFL stadium has become a topic of intense speculation. As a cloud of uncertainty hovers over the presence of the Argentine skipper, Inter Miami’s boss provides crucial insights into his participation.

Meanwhile, hours before the clash, the Herons received a huge boost after announcing a contract extension for their 23-year-old star. But it may also force David Beckham to tear the contract of Josef Martinez.

Inter Miami boss reveals Lionel Messi’s participation in tomorrow’s game

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After coming back from international duty, Lionel Messi was expected to lead Miami tomorrow against Atlanta United. However, just hours before the game, news surfaced that La Pulga wouldn’t be accompanying his teammate to Georgia’s Mercedez-Benz Stadium. Likewise, the soccer fraternity had mixed reactions after the possibility surfaced that Messi might miss tomorrow’s clash.

While his absence continues to become a point of discourse, Miami coach Tata Martino gave an important update about Messi. He said, “He is fine, but we are still going to wait until the end of training to make a decision.” Martino insists it is still not decided whether Messi will travel with the team. He added, “We will be careful with him because we have a lot of important games in a short span.”

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The ex-River Plate coach also believes that Messi’s presence is crucial not just for tomorrow’s match, but for upcoming games as well. Currently, Miami is sitting in 14th place in the Eastern Conference with just 28 points. A win is a must if they are keen to reach the playoffs. Subsequently, the absence of Messi might make things more difficult.

Be that as it may, it seems there’s still hope that the Argentine superstar may play tomorrow’s game. But why La Pulga is looking to miss the crucial match against Atlanta?

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Why Lionel Messi doesn’t want to play tomorrow’s game?

Initially, Messi was expected to partake in the upcoming MLS match against Atlanta United. However, in an unexpected turn of events, the captain has opted against traveling to Georgia. His decision revolves around his reluctance to play on artificial turf. Notably, this would be the first time he missed a game for David Beckham’s soccer franchise since joining them.

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Meanwhile, Atlanta had already had a sold-out stadium for this match. Ironically, the 65,00 tickets with the name of Messi. But now the 36-year-old may not be stepping onto the field. Additionally, the artificial turf is labeled as injury-prone in soccer. Hence, it has forced Messi to look after himself, especially after he got to know about Aaron Rodgers’ injury on the very same pitch. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen how Tata Martino and his side cope without their star player.

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Abhishek Mishra is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. Abhishek's love for soccer began during his childhood days when he spent most of his time playing and watching the sport. His early exposure to soccer earned him many accolades at district and zonal levels, making him a true sports enthusiast.
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