Will Messi play with the Argentina National Team on the October FIFA date?
Inter Miami announced that two of its players were called up to be in the Conmebol Qualifiers, but doubts around number 10 continue.
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Lionel Messi missed the duel between Inter Miami and New York City FC and then journalist Gastón Edul announced that it is highly unlikely that he will play in Las Garzas’ visit to the Chicago Fire. Now, on Monday, it was announced that the Fort Lauderdale team has called up two players for the Conmebol Qualifiers heading to the 2026 World Cup.
With the doubts that the Argentine National Team surely has regarding Messi’s health and the possibility that he could be in their matches against Paraguay and Peru, the players who were made official to play in the October FIFA Date with their national teams are Venezuelan Josef Martínez and Paraguayan Diego Gómez, who will travel during the weekend to report in South America.
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Through a few statements, Inter Miami made it official that both the forward and the offensive midfielder will be in matchdays 3 and 4 of the Qualifiers heading to the 2026 World Cup, so his contribution to the national teams in a new international window will continue to be important, as we wait for more players from other nations to be confirmed.
Will Messi play with Argentina on the FIFA date?
It is important to mention that The Albiceleste will finalize their call at the end of this week, as the first training session will take place on Monday the 9th, so they must prepare for the clashes at the Estadio Mâs Monumental and the Estadio National of Peru in just three days. Messi’s intention is to rest again for the Chicago Fire game and see some minutes against FC Cincinnati on Saturday the 7th.
A similar case to that of Messi is that of Diego Gómez, as the Guaraní was injured on the last FIFA Date with La Albirroja and after that, he played just a few minutes in the US Open Cup final that Las Garzas lost. Inter Miami’s number 8 missed the games against Atlanta United (5-2 loss), Toronto FC (4-0 win), Orlando City (1-1 draw) and NYCFC (1-1 draw).