Lima, January 14, 2022Updated on 01/14/2022 08:45 am
This is not good news for Paris Saint-Germain. Lionel Messi is still in the recovery phase after being infected with the coronavirus (Covid-19) during the Christmas holidays. For this reason, the Argentine star will not be present in Saturday’s game of PSG vs. Brest in the Park of the Princes, this is how Mauricio Pochettino announced it.
With this match, the seven-time Ballon d’Or loses a new match, the one on matchday 21 of Ligue 1. It is the tenth match of the French championship that the Argentine will miss, amid injuries and late returns from his team.
“Leo is better. It remains under the supervision of the medical body. We hope you return with us as soon as possible ”, the Argentine coach specified. Following the press conference from the Parisian club’s training center, it was specified that the player will join the group “Progressively next week.”
It should be noted that the former FC Barcelona player tested positive for coronavirus during his year-end vacation, which he spent with his family in his hometown of Rosario. Since his return to the training center, on Thursday, January 7, the ‘Flea’ has been training apart from the group.
Hopes for his return are put off a bit longer, as Messi could return to competition on Sunday, January 23, against Reims.
The game against Brest will be the third that ‘Leo’ has missed in 2022 – the previous two were against Vannes and Olympique Lyonnais. The captain of the Argentine National Team has not played for PSG since December 22, when he was present in the match against Lorient.
The players who return to PSG
After testing positive for Covid-19 on January 6, Argentine winger Ángel Di María returned to collective training and has options to start against Brest. On the other hand, the Spanish central defender Sergio Ramos could play his first minutes in the Parc des Princes on Saturday as a Parisian player.