Lionel Messi is injured. That much we know. He's missed several recent games for Inter Miami, not dressing for a few of the team's most important matches of the season. He hasn't been fully fit since before September's international break, as all of this began during Argentina's win over Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier.
That's what we know. It's very little, to be fair. That's because everything that has gone on with Messi and his injury has been shrouded in mystery and secrecy. If there are any answers regarding Messi's status, they haven't emerged from those inside DRV PNK Stadium.
As Miami prepare for their final matches of the MLS season, all games that will be key to their slim playoff hopes, Messi's status remains a total mystery. Is he healthy enough to feature at any point? Will he be back any time soon? What even is his injury because, at this point, there are conflicting reports of what Messi's even dealing with!
Fans, media, opponents... Everyone has been kept in the dark throughout this process, and that's left many frustrated and feeling strung along as Messi's status remains totally uncertain.