The coaching staff of Inter (Miami) will wait until the last possible moment to make a decision on the possible participation of megastar Lionel Messi in tomorrow’s US Cup final. This was announced by the coach of the team and compatriot of the legend, Gerardo Martino. The match starts at 3:30 Bulgarian time on Thursday and will take place at the stadium in Fort Lauderdale. The opponent of Inter (Miami) is Houston Dynamo, who in the semi-final eliminated Real (Salt Lake City) with 3:1 after extra time.
Leo Messi was forced off before halftime against Toronto FC with an unspecified injury and also missed Sunday’s game against regional rivals Orlando City. According to the AP agency, it is about a leg injury that was hidden from the media and fans.
Inter (Miami) are not doing well in the Major League Championship (MLS), but last month they took the League Cup and now they are looking to add another trophy to the window.
“We will wait for Leo until tomorrow, until the last moment,” Martino said at a press conference today. I will sit with him, see how he feels at the moment. We will probably come to an agreement together on what to do. We have three issues to solve: the player, then there’s the final and finally – what’s next? And that’s how we’ll make the decision. There are always risks, but we have to minimize them,” said the coach, who, apart from being Messi’s mentor in the national team, is also a friend of his father .
The seven-time winner of soccer’s most prestigious individual award, the Ballon d’Or, has scored 11 goals and provided a further five assists in 12 matches since arriving in Miami from Paris Saint-Germain in July. However, Inter (Miami) are yet to lose with Messi in their line-up and Martino said he would not consider risking his health if it was not for the country’s cup final.
“90 or 120 minutes stand between you and the title. It is logical to think about it. I would not comment on this issue at all if it was about any other fight that is not worth the risks,” said the specialist.
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