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Hours After Lionel Messi’s Injury, Inter Miami Dealt Huge Triple Blow Before Florida Derby vs Orlando City

Published 09/24/2023, 2:19 AM EDT

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Can Inter Miami make the playoffs? Is the question on everyone’s minds. They have the coaching staff and players set for a playoff push. However, they play Orlando City next, who ranks second in the Eastern Conference table. On top of that, they will play the game without Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba, who are injured. It is a recent disappointment for the soccer club, which strives to make a difference in the MLS. With both players sidelined, the club will have to manage yet another setback. 

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With the arrival of Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets joined the club to bolster the midfield. Yet, the team will be without the defensive midfielder for the Florida derby. 

Key Inter Miami players miss out on the Florida Derby!


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With the three players tasting the El Classico derby before with Real Madrid, this is another high-intense game in the MLS. The two clubs will battle out for bragging rights in the match. Hence, with Messi and Alba missing out, the team will rest Sergio Busquets for the game. He has played most games for the club since he arrived, and a rest would do him the world of good. It would test the mettle of Inter Miami following the absence of three crucial players. 

Hence, the team looks to get back to winning ways in their match against Orlando City. The injuries are mounting, as Lionel Messi will miss the game because of a scar tissue problem. It happened during his spell with Argentina in the recent friendlies. Likewise, Alba is out with a muscle problem.


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The fitness of Messi will be at the top of the list, as the club needs him fully fit and fresh. In hindsight, their next game against Houston Dynamo, which is the US Open Cup final, would be crucial for the club’s ambitions to get going!

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The team won the Leagues Cup, Inter Miami’s first-ever trophy, with Messi at the helm. He became the point of difference for the team to kick-start their campaign. He propelled them to a magical victory by scoring goals and conducting the offense. Thus, the US Open Cup will be another trophy for the team to win. It is the oldest soccer club competition in the USA, and Messi would love to grab his hands on the prize. 


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With Busquets, Alba, and Messi set to miss the next game, one must wonder if they will play in the final. Do you want to see the trio play?

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Jacob Gijy


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Jacob Gijy is a senior sports writer at EssentiallySports, with a passion for writing about soccer, NBA, and other American sports. He has published over 1500 articles to date, showcasing his creativity and engaging writing style that captivates his audience. As an ardent admirer of Arsenal, Jacob's soccer roots can be traced back to the legendary Thierry Henry.
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