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Messi ends 2023 with muscular concern after World Cup qualifier

Lionel Messi ended his ultimate match of the calendar yr with a groin damage that pressured him to be substituted in Argentina‘s 1-0 win over Brazil on Tuesday on the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

The Argentina captain, who was changed within the 78th minute, mentioned he felt ache in his groin after the match, which was marred by clashes between followers and police.

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“I felt discomfort in my adductor,” Messi mentioned. “It was my final sport of the yr, so I’ve time to get properly to begin 2024 giving all the things.”

The Inter Miami ahead acquired remedy on the touchline within the first half and appeared in need of health.

Messi mentioned the 27-minute delay to the beginning of the sport attributable to the violent clashes contributed to his damage.

“It did not assist me to chill down and go contained in the locker room after which come again,” he mentioned.

Messi, 36, performed all 90 minutes of Argentina’s 2-0 victory over Peru on Thursday, his first aggressive sport since Oct. 21, when he began in Inter Miami’s 1-0 MLS defeat to Charlotte FC.

The previous Barcelona star has struggled with accidents all through this season.

Messi, who joined Inter Miami in the summertime after two seasons at Paris Saint-Germain, missed 5 MLS video games with a hamstring damage earlier than returning to motion on Oct. 7.

Regardless of not making his traditional affect on the pitch, Messi was delighted that his workforce handed Brazil their first house loss in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

“This group continues to realize historic issues,” the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner mentioned. “It is a good factor to win in Brazil understanding how traditionally sturdy they’re at house.”

Messi has loads of time to get well from his damage as he won’t return to preseason coaching with Inter Miami till the second week of January.

Inter Miami on Tuesday denied that they’ve organized a preseason fixture in opposition to Al Nassr, the membership of Messi’s long-term rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

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