Gerardo Martino revealed that he will not force the return of Lionel Messi for the Concachampions – La Opinion

Gerardo Martino revealed that he will not force the return of Lionel Messi for the Concachampions – La Opinion


At Inter Miami, the unknown reigns in relation to the injury of its captain, Lionel Messiwho remains a doubt for Wednesday’s match against Rayados de Monterrey for the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Champions Cup.

This was revealed by the team’s own coach, Gerardo Martinowho assured that he has no plans to force the return of the Argentine star who, according to a report revealed by Inter Miami, suffers a small injury to the hamstrings of his right leg suffered a couple of weeks ago.

“Leo (Messi) and Nico Freire would tell you that right now they are day by day. Depending on what happens in these three or four days we will define whether they are ready to play or not.”commented the experienced Argentine strategist after the draw achieved by the Inter Miami on Saturday against New York City (1-1).

Argentine star Lionel Messi during a warm-up prior to a match against the Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer.
Argentine star Lionel Messi during a warm-up prior to a match against the Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer.
Credit: Kyusung Gong | AP

Although Gerardo “Tata” Martino recognizes the relevance of the match against the Mexican team that will take place at Chase Stadium, he also stressed that it is not an option to rush the return of the players if that means putting them at risk for later in the season. season.

“Wednesday’s game is a game against a very important team, but we have to think about the entire year”released the South American technical director who has coached FC Barcelona and the Mexican National Team among others.

“If we understand that the players will take a risk, they will not play. “On Tuesday we will make the decision.”added Gerardo Martino regarding the possibility that Lionel Messi will be in the game against Monterrey, as was initially estimated when the injury suffered by the Argentine star was confirmed.

Lionel Messi has not played with Inter Miami since last March 13 against Nashville for the Concacaf Champions Cup.
Lionel Messi has not played with Inter Miami since last March 13 against Nashville in the second leg match corresponding to the round of 16 of the Concacaf Champions Cup.
Credit: Mark Zaleski | AP

The ‘Messidependencia’ to the maximum

The draw achieved on Saturday night by Inter Miami at Chase Stadium against New York City (1-1) is further proof that there is a dependency on Lionel Messi, who missed this match while recovering from an injury. muscle that appears in the right leg.

Since his arrival in Las Garzas in the middle of last season, the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner has missed a total of 10 games. In that period, the team led by David Beckham has a record of just two wins, four draws and six losses.

This season they have missed the last three matches for the American championship where Las Garzas are in second place in the standings with 11 points tied with Columbus Crew and New York Red Bulls. Their next game in the MLS will be next weekend against the Colorado Rapids.

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