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Is Lionel Messi playing today? Status for next Inter Miami game in 2024 MLS regular season | Sporting News United Kingdom

Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami have had a solid start to the 2024 campaign but still have work to do if they are to meet the lofty expectations set for them this season.

The Herons are top of the Eastern Conference with 34 points from 17 games, although the teams below them have games in hand.

Messi has been a huge part of the club’s early success, scoring key goals in important results. Additionally, with the Argentine missing due to injury for a few games so far, the club floundered in his absence.

With so many injury issues surrounding Messi’s on-field performances, The Sporting News takes a look at whether Messi will play in Inter Miami’s upcoming match.

MORE: See Inter Miami’s full 2024 schedule here

Is Lionel Messi playing today? Next Inter Miami match vs. St. Louis

Messi was involved in Inter Miami’s 3-1 home loss to Atlanta United on May 29, scoring in the defeat to Gonzalo Pineda’s side.

Tata Martino has had to manage his star forward’s work load carefully this season, but Messi was named in the lineup again for the clash with St. Louis on June 1.

MORE: Are Inter Miami paying for taxing preseason with heavy injury list?

Inter Miami full MLS fixture list for 2024 season

Inter Miami kicked off the 2024 MLS season against Real Salt Lake on February 21, 2024. Their regular-season campaign will conclude on Decision Day on October 19, when they face New England Revolution.

Date Opponent Location Result
Weds, Feb. 21 Real Salt Lake Chase Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) W 2-0
Sun, Feb. 25 LA Galaxy Dignity Health Sports Park (Carson, CA) D 1-1
Sat, March 2 Orlando City Chase Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) W 5-0
Fri, March 8 Nashville SC Geodis Park (Nashville, TN) D 2-2
Sun, March 10 Montreal Chase Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) L 3-2*
Sat, March 16 D.C. United Audi Field (Washington, DC) W 3-1*
Sat, March 23 NY Red Bulls Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ) L 4-0*
Sat, March 30 NYCFC Chase Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) D 1-1*
Sat, April 6 Colorado Rapids Chase Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) D 2-2
Sat, April 13 Sporting KC Children’s Mercy Park (Kansas City, KS) W 3-2
Sat, April 20 Nashville SC Chase Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) W 3-1
Sat, April 27 New England Revolution Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, MA) W 4-1
Sat, May 4 NY Red Bulls Chase Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) W 6-2
Sat, May 11 Montreal Stade Saputo (Montreal, Canada) W 3-2
Wed, May 15 Orlando City Exploria Stadium (Orlando, FL) D 0-0
Sat, May 18 D.C. United Chase Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) W 1-0
Sat, May 25 Vancouver Whitecaps BC Place (Vancouver, Canada) W 2-1
Wed, May 29 Atlanta United Chase Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) L 3-1
Sat, June 1 St. Louis City Chase Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)  
Sat, June 15 Philadelphia Union Subaru Park (Chester, PA)  
Wed, June 19 Columbus Crew Chase Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)  
Sat, June 29 Nashville SC GEODIS Park (Nashville, TN)  
Wed, July 3 Charlotte FC Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC)  
Sat, July 6 FC Cincinnati TQL Stadium (Cincinnati, OH)  
Wed, July 17 Toronto Chase Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)  
Sat, July 20 Chicago Fire Chase Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)  
Sat, Aug. 24 FC Cincinnati Chase Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)  
Sat, Aug. 31 Chicago Fire Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)  
Sat, Sep. 14 Philadelphia Union Chase Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)  
Wed, Sep. 18 Atlanta United Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, GA)  
Sat, Sep. 21 NYCFC Yankee Stadium (New York City, NY)  
Sat, Sep. 28 Charlotte FC Chase Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)  
Wed, Oct. 2 Columbus Crew Lower.com Field (Columbus, OH)  
Sat, Oct. 5 Toronto BMO Field (Toronto, Canada)  
Sat, Oct. 19 New England Revolution Chase Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)  

* Lionel Messi did not participate

Inter Miami schedule for Leagues Cup

The 2024 Leagues Cup is scheduled to begin on July 26, running for a month while the MLS season pauses play.

The final will take place on August 25, after which MLS league play will resume. Inter Miami were drawn against two Mexican clubs in Tigres UNAL and Puebla for the group stage. The top two teams in each group qualify for the knockout stage, while the bottom side is eliminated.

Round Date Opponent Score
Group Stage Sat, Jul. 27 Puebla  
Group Stage Sat, Aug. 3 Tigres  
Round of 32 Aug. 7-9 TBD (if qualified)  
Round of 16 Aug. 12-13 TBD (if qualified)  
Quarterfinals Aug. 16-17 TBD (if qualified)  
Semifinals Aug. 20-21 TBD (if qualified)  
Final Sun, Aug. 25 TBD (if qualified)  

Inter Miami schedule for CONCACAF Champions Cup

The 2024 CONCACAF Champions Cup, North and Central America’s continental club competition, began on February 6, but Inter Miami secured a bye through to the Round of 16 via their qualification as Leagues Cup champions.

Thus, Inter Miami’s first CCC matchup came against fellow MLS side Nashville SC, who they advanced past via a 5-3 aggregate score, drawing Liga MX giants Monterrey in the quarterfinals. They were beaten 5-2 on aggregate.

How did Inter Miami play in preseason?

Inter Miami preseason fixtures and results

Inter Miami’s preseason began with matches against the El Salvador national team and FC Dallas before embarking on a tour of Asia in February.

They began with a game against the top players from the Hong Kong First Division at Hong Kong Stadium, where approximately 40,000 fans attended. Despite the absence of Messi and Suarez due to injury, Martino apologised to disappointed fans, emphasising the medical risks involved.

The tour continued on to Tokyo, where Inter faced J1 League champions Vissel Kobe at the Japan National Stadium, featuring a special guest appearance by Andres Iniesta.

Following the Asia trip, Inter Miami returned home to host Newell’s Old Boys, Messi’s boyhood club, in a friendly at Chase Stadium in Miami. That concluded the club’s preseason tour, readying them for the 2024 regular season.

Date Match Location
Fri, Nov. 10, 2024 Inter Miami 1-2 New York City FC DRV PNK Stadium
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA)
Fri, Jan. 19, 2024 Inter Miami 0-0 El Salvador Estadio Cuscatlan
(San Salvador, El Salvador)
Mon, Jan. 22, 2024 Inter Miami 0-1 FC Dallas Cotton Bowl
(Dallas, TX)
Mon, Jan. 29, 2024 Al Hilal 4-3 Inter Miami Kingdom Arena
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Thu, Feb. 1, 2024 Al Nassr 6-0 Inter Miami Kingdom Arena
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Sun, Feb. 4, 2024 Hong Kong All Stars 1-4 Inter Miami Hong Kong Stadium
(Causeway Bay, Hong Kong)
Wed, Feb. 7, 2024 Vissel Kobe 0-0 Inter Miami Japan National Stadium
(Tokyo, Japan)
Thu, Feb. 15, 2024 Inter Miami 1-1 Newell’s Old Boys DRV PNK Stadium
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA)