- Messi unavailable for Cup final
- Sidelined due to injury
- Miami lose 2-1 without their star man
WHAT HAPPENED? Messi suffered an injury on September 20 in a match against Toronto FC and was removed from the game after 37 minutes. He hasn't featured since, with the Herons again without their star player Wednesday evening as they were beaten 2-1 by Houston Dynamo in regular time.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Inter Miami have won two of their four matches they have played without Messi since his arrival in July, but it went from bad to worse Wednesday as they were without Jordi Alba as well.
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WHAT NEXT FOR MESSI AND MIAMI? The Herons are back in action Saturday as they host NYCFC in an Eastern Conference clash, with Tata Martino undoubtedly hopeful Messi will recover in time and be able to feature from the start.