The uncertainty ended and in the end the Argentine coaching staff led by Lionel Scaloni chose not to risk Messi in the Albiceleste’s second match of the Conmebol Qualifiers against Bolivia.
In this way, thinking about the physical well-being of the star of Argentina and captain, determined that he will not play against Bolivia and will not even jump to the substitute bench, this after the fatigue that he presented after the match against Ecuador last Thursday, thus giving shirt 10 to Atleti player, Ángel Correa.
This is how without Lionel Messi, Argentina faced this match against Bolivia, where the Albiceleste team showed a good face and won without major problems because of how complicated it usually is playing in La Paz.
Anxiety or peace at Inter Miami with Messi?
However, even if the absence of Messi has created a benefit in Argentina, a few kilometers away, especially in Miami, it has raised alarms, because it is not known how the seven-time Ballon d’Or will return to South Florida to report with the Heroes ahead of the next MLS matchday.
At first Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino and the Inter Miami coaching staff could have a certain level of peace of mind knowing that the corresponding tests carried out on Messi did not reveal any kind of muscle damage.
However, the wear and tear represented by the high load of matches accumulated by Messi and the difficult journeys, could be a signal for Tata Martino and Inter Miami to bet on reserving him in the important commitment next Saturday, September 16 against Atlanta United.
This confrontation at the Mercedes Benz Stadium is another final for Miami, which despite the fact that it knows how to win against Sporting Kansas City without Messi, knows that the presence of the Argentine is a plus to try to get three more valuable points. in the fight to reach the playoffs.
This is the decision of the coaching staff of Inter Miami and Messi himself to know if he will be active this weekend against Atlanta United or if they are committed to give him the necessary rest and not risk him and expose him he is in a big problem. which will harm him in the long term, for all parties involved.