In his comeback against Toronto, Messi was substituted in the 36th minute.TYC reporters analyzed that Messi left the game early perhaps to avoid aggravating his back injury.
After joining Miami International, Messi played 12 games in 7 weeks, scoring 12 goals and sending 5 assists, averaging 87 minutes. With the weather being so hot, Messi’s fitness and form have dipped, as well as muscle fatigue.
As a result, Messi was given a chance to rest and not even make the roster for the two games Argentina played against Bolivia and Miami International played against Atlanta United.
Against Toronto, Messi and Alba both returned to the starting lineup. However, after Alba was replaced in the 34th minute, Messi was also replaced by Miller two minutes later.
After exchanging words with Alba on the bench, Messi returned to the locker room early. La Gazzetta d’Olé noted that he was walking with some apparent difficulty. Martino revealed at halftime, “They had to leave the pitch and we’ll see how their injuries are as time goes on.”
Follow-up reporter Edu revealed, “Messi missed the previous 2 games because of muscle discomfort in his back. Sometimes he will miss games to avoid injury because his back is overloaded, this time he asked to be withdrawn early when it was planned that he would play for a longer period of time.”
May our great ballplayer recover physically.