Messi is taking longer than expected to recover from covid
Lionel Messi said on Thursday he needs further time to recover before playing again after contracting Covid-19 before this month.
Paris Saint-Germain star Messi, 34, tested positive while on vacation in his birthplace of Rosario before flying back to the French capital on January 5.
The seven- time Ballon d’Or winner has missed two PSG matches while in tone- insulation.
“ As you know I had Covid and I wanted to thank you all for the dispatches I entered,” Messi posted on Instagram.
“ It has taken me longer than I allowed to be OK but I ’m nearly recovered and I ’m looking forward to getting back on the field.
“ I ’m training to get back to being at 100, great challenges are coming this time and I hope we can see each other again,” he added.
Since testing negative last week he has trained alone at PSG’s headquarters.
According to ESPN Argentina the former Barcelona bushwhacker will miss this weekend’s home Ligue 1 game against Brest.
Messi’s club platoon- mates including Angel Di Maria, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Julian Draxler have also tested positive for coronavirus since the Christmas break.
The Parisians host Real Madrid in the first leg of their Titleholders League last 16 tie on February 15.