Lionel messi’s participation in CONCACAF champions cup quarter-final uncertain.

As Inter Miami prepares to face off against Mexican powerhouse Monterrey in the quarter-final first leg match of the CONCACAF Champions Cup, the availability of star player Lionel Messi remains uncertain due to a lingering hamstring injury.

Miami coach Gerardo Martino disclosed Messi’s status on the eve of the crucial clash, indicating that the decision regarding his participation would be made on game day. Messi has been sidelined for Miami’s last three MLS matches due to a hamstring injury but participated in training alongside his teammates on Tuesday, fueling hope of his return to the pitch.

Martino emphasized the need to prioritize Messi’s long-term health over immediate success in the Cup, stressing the importance of managing the injury carefully. Despite the significance of the upcoming fixture, Martino emphasized that player welfare remains paramount.

Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, a key figure for Miami, expressed readiness for the challenge posed by Monterrey, acknowledging the strength of their opponents while highlighting the importance of preparedness and performance over the course of the two-leg encounter.

Monterrey, boasting talent such as Spain’s Sergio Canales and former Cincinnati striker Brandon Vazquez, present formidable opposition for Miami. However, Miami remains undeterred, focusing on their ability to compete despite facing injury concerns.

As the anticipation builds for the showdown, Martino and his team remain committed to facing the challenges head-on, with the hope of advancing in the tournament despite the obstacles they may encounter.