Inter Miami finished the first match of their game against Toronto with the lead, but something tells us that the outcome of the game is irrelevant after what happened at DRV PNK Stadium.
The game got a bit complicated for the home team as two of their biggest names had to be subbed off thirty minutes after kickoff. First, Jordi Alba left the pitch due to a muscular problem, but things got out of hand for the Herons when Lionel Messi also requested to be taken off the pitch.
Coach Tata Martino had revealed during the weekend that both players needed to take time off after a busy summer. Apparently, he did not consider his own words when choosing his lineup for today, and now Inter Miami fans are wondering how the team will make do without them as the pink and black side tries to make it to the playoffs.
Messi and Alba shared a few moments talking about their injuries, when all of a sudden, Messi decided to leave the bench to head into the locker room.
Messi heading into the locker room. pic.twitter.com/AHS8M0NIep— MLS Moves (@MLSMoves) September 21, 2023
Speaking prior to the start of the second half, Tata Martino addressed the exits of both players.
Tata on Messi and Alba leaving:— MLS Moves (@MLSMoves) September 21, 2023
"I had to take them out and we will evaluate their condition in the coming days" pic.twitter.com/GZimNZzuVe