PARIS, France, January 14 – Lionel Messi said on Thursday he needed more time to recover before playing again after contracting Covid-19 earlier this month.
Paris Saint-Germain star Messi, 34, tested positive while on vacation in his hometown of Rosario before returning to the French capital on January 5.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner missed two PSG games while in self-isolation.
“As you know I had Covid and I wanted to thank you all for the messages I received,” Messi posted on Instagram.
“It took me longer than I thought, but I’m almost recovered and I can’t wait to get back on the pitch.
“I’m training to come back to 100%, big challenges are coming this year and I hope we can meet again,” he added.
Since testing negative last week, he has been training alone at PSG headquarters.
According to ESPN Argentina, the former Barcelona striker will miss this weekend’s Ligue 1 home game against Brest.
Messi’s club teammates, including Angel Di Maria, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Julian Draxler, have also tested positive for coronavirus since the Christmas break.
Les Parisiens host Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on February 15.