Apparently, Lionel Messi's debut with his new team is not far away, but it may not be as fans initially expected.
Speaking in an interview with TyC Sports' journalist Gastón Edul, coach Gerardo Martino admitted that Messi could play in Friday's clash against Cruz Azul, although he has not determined if he will do so right from the start or as a substitute.
"I am not ruling out Leo's debut, but I have to see how he is doing after one more training. I have to ask him how he is feeling, and the same goes for Busquets. Both of them got here in fine form, and we can anticipate that they will be available, but I don't want to rush into telling you something I may not be able to fulfill," Martino said.
The Argentine coach went on about the relevance of having them train with the team so they can play competitive football against Liga MX's Cruz Azul.
"Leo Messi and Busquets are going to play this Friday, although I don't know if any of them will start. The first thing I want from them is to train properly," Martino added.
Before the interview came to an end, the coach spoke about Jordi Alba, who is set to become the third former Blaugrana player to join Inter Miami this summer.
"Jordi Alba's wife gave birth today, so he might be held back a bit more. We expect him to get here in the next few days," Martino concluded.
Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Inter Miami will make their debut in the 2023 Leagues Cup against Cruz Azul this Friday. Click here to visit our bespoke Leagues Cup website for full broadcast and streaming info in your country.