Lionel Messi hopes to play in Inter Miami’s pre-season friendly in Japan | Football News

Feb 6, 2024

New Delhi: Lionel Messi expressed uncertainty about his participation in inter miamipre-season friendly Japan Due to a long standing injury in the leg. Two days earlier, angry fans in Hong Kong expressed their frustration as Messi remained sitting on the bench during a friendly match, demanding a refund.
“I don't know if I can play or not, but I'm feeling a lot better and really want to,” Messi said while addressing the media ahead of Inter Miami's match against Japanese champions Vissel Kobe on Wednesday. ”
The eight-time Ballon d'Or winner admitted that his foot injury is “getting better”, and expressed his eagerness to contribute on the field.
Despite growing excitement for the friendly match at Tokyo's National Stadium, Messi's availability remains uncertain. He said, “This afternoon we're going to practice, we'll try again. I'm feeling good compared to how I was.”
Recent controversy in Hong Kong, where fans criticized Messi and co-owner David Beckham, has attracted attention. “It was really unfortunate that I couldn't play in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, it happens in football, in any sport it happens that you can't play,” Messi said.
Messi played down the disappointment, stressing his desire to attend, especially in games where the team travels extensively, and fans are eager to watch. He hoped to have the opportunity to play sports in Hong Kong in the future.
Inter Miami has attracted attention and excitement on the current pre-season tour, with the team's pink colors adorning parts of Tokyo's Shibuya district. The crowd in Hong Kong, who had paid premium prices for tickets, jeered as Messi did not take the field during a 4–1 win against a local select XI.
The 36-year-old Messi had earlier played as a substitute in Miami's match in Saudi Arabia, but an MRI scan later revealed swelling in his leg. Inter Miami's win in Hong Kong is their first in five pre-season matches, and they have another friendly against Argentina's Newell's Old Boys before the new season. of MLS The season starts on February 21.
(With inputs from AFP)

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