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Messi is easy to play for a whole month, only 1 game, French newspaper criticizes PSG as “retirement home”

13 Jan 2022 | 13:32 | Football

 

Messi was absent from the last training session of PSG, although the other players infected with Covid-19 have all returned.

PSG returned to play in Ligue 1 in the new year 2022 with a match against Lyon on January 10. Their 1-1 draw still does not have much impact on the Ligue 1 rankings at this time when PSG are still 11 points above the two teams behind Nice and Marseille.

 

Lionel Messi is expected to play only 1 game this month for PSG

Lionel Messi is expected to play only 1 game this month for PSG

In that match, PSG was absent from Lionel Messi because he had just returned from Argentina in a state that had just recovered from Covid-19 for a while. PSG is still carefully monitoring the health of the Argentine striker because the players who are positive for Covid-19 have difficulty regaining their full fitness to play.

However, the French press recently said that Messi has not yet returned to practice with his PSG teammates after January 12. Messi is said to be still in the isolation process, but Donnarumma, Di Maria, Danilo and Draxler have all returned to PSG despite being positive for Covid-19 only last week.

Of the players who were present in Paris to focus on the club, Messi is currently the only one who is uncertain of being able to play in the match against Brest this weekend (3h, 16/1 Vietnam time). Coach Mauricio Pochettino when asked, only said that Messi is still in isolation and is monitored by the club for health, no other information.

In January, PSG only have a match against Brest and a match against Reims (2h45, January 24), which means Messi can only play each match against Reims. PSG originally scheduled to go to Qatar for training next week and play a friendly in Saudi Arabia, but the club canceled that plan to keep Messi and the players at home. PSG is also asking Argentina not to summon Messi for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in South America later this month, because Argentina has already secured tickets to the final round.

Some players have tested positive for Covid-19 at PSG to practice again while Mess is still in isolation

Some players have tested positive for Covid-19 at PSG to practice again while Mess is still in isolation

The fact that Messi has rarely played in Ligue 1 since the beginning of the season is causing questions in the French press. Le Parisien newspaper even said that Messi is looking at PSG as a “retirement home” and only kicks in moderation to keep his strength until the end of the year when the World Cup takes place.

Meanwhile, L’Equipe believes that it is PSG who are trying to keep Messi out of the game and just need him to “bounce” when needed in important matches, especially the Champions League . “Either way, PSG bought Messi for the sake of the Champions League, so let’s wait and see how this transfer will go,” this newspaper commented.