Lionel Messi will miss another Paris Saint-Germain game after acknowledging that his recovery from COVID-19 It has been slower than expected.
The Argentine striker will not be available for the game against Brest at Parc des Princes, the coach of the PSG, Mauricio Pochettino, on Friday.
Messi, of 34 years, did not contest the draw of the PSG 1-1 at Lyon last Sunday, when the French league returned from its winter break. Messi contracted COVID-19 during his visit to Argentina, he subsequently tested negative and returned to Paris.
Messi said in a social media post on Thursday that “it took me longer than I thought to get well but I’m almost recovered and I’m really looking forward to getting back on the pitch.”
“I have been training these days to get 100%, very nice challenges are coming this year and hopefully very soon we can see each other again,” he wrote on Facebook.
Pochettino said Messi remains under the supervision of the club’s medical staff, which said on Friday that Messi “will gradually rejoin the squad next week.”
After his game this weekend, the PSG, leader of the league, receives Reims on January 23 before the break for national team commitments.
Messi, 34, did not contest PSG’s 1-1 draw at Lyon last Sunday, when the French league returned from its winter break. Messi contracted COVID-19 during his visit to Argentina, subsequently tested negative and returned to Paris
Neymar remains out with the ankle injury he suffered in late November and was not included in Brazil’s squad revealed on Thursday for the South American qualifiers for the world Cup.
Argentina and Brazil already have a ticket to the World Cup.