Inter Miami vs DC United Epicsports

Inter Miami vs DC United Epicsports

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Lionel Messi is expected to return to Inter Miami's lineup against D.C. United on Saturday after missing the previous match due to a knee issue.

Messi's absence coincided with a scoreless draw against Orlando City, marking the fifth league game he's missed for Miami. Without Messi, Miami has struggled, winning only once in those five matches. However, Miami remains unbeaten in the nine matches Messi has played, winning seven.

Coach Tata Martino expressed optimism about Messi's return, with the star player not listed on the league's player availability report.

Messi leads Miami with 10 goals and 12 assists, while former Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez shares the league lead with 11 goals.

D.C. United's Christian Benteke also has 11 goals but failed to score in their recent loss to the New York Red Bulls.

D.C. coach Troy Lesesne expressed disappointment over the loss and emphasized the need to address their shortcomings quickly.

Despite struggles at home, D.C. has been more successful on the road, earning their first away win last weekend against Atlanta United, with Benteke scoring a hat trick.

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