Will Messi play? Who starts, Leonardo or Josef?
This may be the most anticipated lineup announcement of the season. Lionel Messi, the greatest player of this generation and the catalyst for Inter Miami’s 12-match unbeaten streak, was subbed out of an Argentina World Cup qualifier against Ecuador and didn’t even make the roster for a rare-air match in La Paz, Bolivia. The glass-half-full take is that he was merely exhausted and he’ll be fine after getting some rest during the international break. The glass-half-empty pundits note that Lionel Scaloni, Argentina’s coach, originally said Messi asked to be subbed because “he felt something,” and Messi was seen at a medical clinic the next day (although he reportedly seemed fine).
We believe the captain is fine and is ready to dazzle us Saturday, but nobody has specifically addressed Messi’s health.