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Inter Miami star Messi expected to return for MLS match with Toronto

Lionel Messi is reportedly expected to return for Inter Miami’s match with Toronto on Wednesday night. 

The Argentine missed the Herons’ 5-2 loss against Atlanta United at the weekend due to a muscle injury. 

The defeat was a big blow to their hopes of making it to the Major League Soccer play-offs. 

However, Messi has returned to full training and is expected to be in contention for the crucial MLS game with Toronto, per ESPN

The 36-year-old last played for his team in their 3-1 success over Los Angeles FC in September. 

He subsequently went on international duty, missing the Atlanta defeat and the 3-2 victory over Sporting Kansas City. 

Manager Gerardo Martino wouldn’t say whether Messi is available for Wednesday’s clash, but the expectation is he will be.

The World Cup winner has made a huge impact for Miami since arriving at the club in late July. 

The MLS side haven’t lost a single match in which the Argentina international featured for them. 

He led them to Leagues Cup success and also to the final of the US Open Cup. 

The experienced forward has netted 11 goals and contributed five assists in 11 appearances across all competitions.

Messi’s return will be a massive boost for Miami in their quest to reach the MLS play-offs

They are currently sitting second bottom of the Eastern Conference, seven points behind the play-off places. 

With only a few more matches remaining in the season, the Herons cannot afford to make mistakes and must win their remaining games. 

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