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Messi misses Miami’s Champions Cup quarterfinal

FORT LAUDERDALE — Lionel Messi was forced to sit out Inter Miami’s Concacaf Champions Cup quarterfinal first leg with Mexico’s Monterrey on Wednesday as he continues to be sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Miami coach Gerardo Martino had said that a game-day decision would be made on the Argentine’s fitness but he was not named in either the starting lineup or among the substitutes.

Messi has missed Miami’s past three MLS matches with the right hamstring injury but practised alongside Inter teammates Tuesday morning, prompting suggestions he might be healthy for the first time since helping Inter reach the quarterfinal by beating Nashville on March 13.

Messi was substituted in the second half of that win and has not played for club or country since.

The second leg of the quarterfinal will be in Mexico on April 10. — AFP