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Inter Miami Injury Update – Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba & Sergio Busquets ‘Fully Fit’; Nicolas Freire Still Not Ready for MLS Season Opener

Published 02/20/2024, 10:31 PM EST

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Will Inter Miami be able to go through their most aspirational MLS season without any hassles? Almost falling under the radar of the regulatory body for roster compliance, the club also suffered a major setback, which was an injury to their youngster, Facundo Farias. However, as they take on Real Salt Lake tomorrow in the season’s kickoff, Lionel Messi and his army are ready to go. However, we look at the latest injury updates for David Beckham‘s club, as Sergio Busquets is deemed fit after missing out on the game against Newell’s Old Boys.

Last year, the Herons saw a ray of hope when they lifted the League’s Cup, giving hopes of taking the form into the MLS campaign. But it was the disappointing resurfacing injury to Lionel Messi that left the team in an unimproved 14th place in the Easter Conference. How is the situation now? According to reports, the club will still not have the service of Nicolas Freire, who they recently loaned from Liga MX Club UNAM Pumas. The player suffered a muscle injury in October last year and could not play a single pre-season game for the club.

This preseason gave rise to multiple doubts regarding the club’s chances of going all the way this season. They’ve won just one game against Hong Kong after suffering humiliating defeats to rival Saudi League clubs Al Hilal and Al Nassr. Even though Lionel Messi wasn’t 100% and missed out on starts against Al Nassr and Hong Kong, the Argentine is ready to go now.

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On the other hand, Luis Suarez, despite being fit, is struggling to find his old energy. The player who takes medications for osteoarthritis has played all the preseason games and is ready to go for the season’s opener, but will he be able to meet the expectations he set at Gremio? Additionally, Jordi Alba is also deemed fit for tomorrow’s home game at the renamed Chase Stadium.

Lionel Messi and Inter Miami set to miss some key young players

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The club from Florida will still miss some of its young talents. Facundo Farias, who was considered to play an important role in the attacking third, is ruled out due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. Reports also suggest that homegrown center-back Ian Fray will still stay out after suffering a similar ACL issue during Lionel Messi’s club debut in the Leagues Cup.

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Moreover, the club will also miss the services of Corentin Jean and Negri, who also suffered injuries to their anterior knee ligaments. Additionally, midfielder Benjamin Cremaschi will be out for another couple of months due to hernia surgery undergone in January.

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Nevertheless, the unit has received a boost with a few players like the USMNT star Julian Gressel, Israel Boatwright, and Tyler Hall. But will the club start their campaign with a victory? Let us know in the comments.

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Ruthu is a Soccer Writer at EssentiallySports. Growing up in a sporting background, he found a passion for soccer through the remarkable 2002 World Cup-winning Brazilian team. Ruthu brings an out-of-the-box perspective with writing, as he possesses the ability to view the game from different critical angles, a skill that sets apart a sports journalist.
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