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USA Today via Reuters

Lionel Messi left a resounding mark this season in both international and domestic games. La Pulga’s consistent scoring abilities helped to secure notable results in this twilight of his career. The Argentine icon now appears to be opting for a break from the soccer field, following his sustained participation in the international games. But when we can expect the veteran forward to make a comeback in the forthcoming season? Let’s dig into it.

Inter Miami was rumored to undertake a two-match tour in China, but it was scrapped due to logistical difficulties. Widespread reports indicated a home friendly against Messi’s boyhood club Newel’s Old in mid-February. Moreover, there was exciting news of the Herons facing Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr in the Riyadh Season Cup. However, all these speculations are deemed false by the Herons.

Lionel Messi and his potential return to action in 2024

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Inter Miami has yet to schedule any friendly game for the preseason campaign. Consequently, Lionel Messi has not yet confirmed his participation in the domestic matches. The Argentine would need to wait for the regular season of MLS, which is expected to kick off in February or March 2024.

However, Messi has a roadmap planned for his international schedule. The PSG star will field in the 48 edition of Copa America in June 2024. Argentina secured the 2022 World Cup and their triumph in the CONMEBOL qualifiers.

Messi played a pivotal role in this tournament and would look to continue such performance in the Copa America next year. Unfortunately, the World Cup wnner suffered a minor injury in the last qualifier match, raising doubt about his potential return for the next season.

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Messi’s fitness status for the upcoming season

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Messi sustained a leg injury during the intense game against Brazil. Yet, he would be physically fit following a swift recovery before the 2024 season. The mere injury wouldn’t impact his preparation for both the domestic and international fixtures.

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Reportedly, Messi is planning to spend his vacation with his family in Argentina and Barcelona. Furthermore, the Barca legend is set to return to the preseason with the Herons on the 4th of January, while the MLS schedule is finalized in early 2024.

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