Will Lionel Messi Play Today? Updates on Inter Miami Star’s Availability for El Salvador Preseason Friendly

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Inter Miami kicks off their 2024 global preseason tour with a friendly against El Salvador in the Caribbean nation this Saturday. The extensive preseason itinerary includes travel to locations such as El Salvador, Hong Kong, Japan, and Saudi Arabia, concluding domestically in Dallas.

Messi, along with other Inter Miami stars like new signing Luis Suarez, is part of the squad for the preseason tour after a two-month break. Despite his brilliant performances last season, an injury towards the end raised concerns about his fitness for a demanding fixture schedule. As Messi approaches his first full season with Inter Miami, there will be discussions about managing his minutes to ensure peak fitness for crucial matches.

Fans can catch the live stream of the friendly against El Salvador for free, with English coverage on and Spanish coverage on

Will Lionel Messi play for Inter Miami in friendly vs El Salvador?

Lionel Messi is included in the Inter Miami squad for the friendly against El Salvador on Saturday, but it’s highly unlikely that he will start the match. Coming off their offseason break, Messi and his teammates are expected to be gradually introduced into full-match action, with a probable scenario of them coming off the bench to kick off the preseason schedule.

The same approach is likely for other experienced players like Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, and new signing Luis Suarez. Inter Miami manager Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino emphasized the responsibility of ensuring the team remains competitive even when key stars might not be on the field.

Inter Miami squad for El Salvador friendly

All of Inter Miami’s key players are officially part of the squad for the friendly against El Salvador, but they’ll require time to reach full match fitness after nearly two months off.

Notably, first-choice goalkeeper Drake Callender is absent as he participates in the USMNT January camp, potentially starting in the friendly against Slovenia on Saturday. Another absentee is the club’s recent offseason signing, defender Nico Freire, who joined from Brazilian club Palmeiras just days ago, making it too soon for him to travel with the rest of the team.

Pos Name Age Nationality
GK CJ Dos Santos 23 USA/Portugal
GK Cole Jensen 22 USA
DEF Jordi Alba 34 Spain
DEF Noah Allen 19 USA
DEF Tomas Aviles 19 Argentina
DEF Sergii Kryvtsov 32 Ukraine
DEF Christopher McVey 26 USA/Sweden
DEF Ryan Sailor 25 USA
DEF DeAndre Yedlin 30 USA
MID Sergio Busquets 35 Spain
MID Benjamin Cremaschi 18 USA/Argentina
MID Facundo Farias 21 Argentina
MID Gregore 29 Brazil
MID Julian Gressel 30 USA
MID David Ruiz 19 Honduras
MID Lawson Sunderland 22 USA/Germany
MID Robert Taylor 29 Finland
FWD Leonardo Campana 23 Ecuador
FWD Lionel Messi 36 Argentina
FWD Luis Suarez 36 Uruguay

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