Lionel Messi to miss PSG match against Brest and return to training next week, Neymar recovery ‘on track’

Lionel Messi to miss PSG match against Brest and return to training next week, Neymar recovery ‘on track’

Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that Lionel Messi will miss Saturday’s Ligue 1 fixture with Stade Brestois 29 as he continues to recover from his recent positive test for COVID-19.

“Neymar is on track with his recovery and Lionel is doing better but remains under the orders of the medical staff,” said head coach Mauricio Pochettino on Friday ahead of the clash with Brest. “We hope that he can be with us again soon. It seems clear that he will not be available for this weekend.”

The Argentina international is back in Paris, as is teammate Neymar, but has not yet been able to return to match action and PSG say “good progress” has been made by Messi ahead of a “gradual” return to squad training next week.

On the topic of potential international call-ups for the South American contingent,Pochettino insists that no decisions have been made yet.

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