Lionel Messi left out of Inter Miami squad ahead of crucial CONCACAF Champions Cup clash with CF Monterrey



Posted Thursday, April 04, 2024 by Goal.com

Lionel Messi left out of Inter Miami squad ahead of crucial CONCACAF Champions Cup clash with CF Monterrey

After three weeks on the sideline, Lionel Messi was once again left out of the Inter Miami starting XI against Monterrey.

WHAT HAPPENED?
Tata Martino named his starting XI for the Herons Wednesday evening, and the Argentine was not included as the club continued its chase for silverware this season. While the eight-time Ballon d'Or winner was not named to the squad, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Luis Suarez were all penciled in to the Starting XI for the Herons.

THE BIGGER PICTURE
Messi's last match for Miami was on March 13 in the CONCACAF Champions Cup against Nashville SC, where he was subbed off at halftime with a hamstring injury. He then went on to miss the FIFA international break with Argentina and three matches with the Herons during March, as well.

DID YOU KNOW?
The Herons and Monterrey are two of the favorites to win the Champions Cup this season, per Draft Kings. Inter Miami's odd are +275 while Rayados are +500, respectively first and third in the order.

WHAT NEXT FOR INTERT MIAMI?
The Herons clash with CF Monterrey Wednesday evening in leg one of the tie, then will turn their attention to MLS action against the Colorado Rapids. Then, leg two of their CCC match with Rayados will be held on Wednesday, April 10.



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