Lionel Messi’s labyrinth: his physical condition, when he would start again at PSG and why he would not play the qualifiers
The rosarino crack Lionel Messi trained this Tuesday alongside his teammates from Paris Saint Germain, from France, after two weeks with differentiated jobs as a result of the positive for coronavirus.
PSG uploaded a video on their social networks with Messi’s movements in training; did ball work accompanied by his friend Ángel Di María, under the low temperatures of the French capital.
Messi contracted Covid-19 at the end of the year in Rosario, his hometown, and delayed his return to Paris for the first exercises of the year in the team led by Mauricio Pochettino. The captain of the Argentine national team missed three games in that period: the 4-0 win against Vannes for the French Cup; the 1-1 draw against Lyon and the 2-0 win against Brest, both for the French league.
After this last meeting, the club announced that the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner would rejoin the group “progressively” this week. Actually Messi he lost a total of 10 games this season from Ligue 1, between injuries, late returns from the national team and due to covid-19, and he only appeared in 11 games with Paris SG since he arrived at the Parisian club last August.
”It took me longer than I thought to be well but I’m almost recovered and I am really looking forward to getting back on the field. I have been training these days to put myself at 100%, very nice challenges are coming this year and hopefully very soon we can see each other again, ”the Argentine wrote on his Instagram account last Thursday, when he returned to the training center to exercise alone.
In principle, Messi he would not be summoned for the next double date of the Qualifiers South American against Chile and Colombia for January 27 and February 1, respectively. The national team has already qualified for the Qatar 2022 World Cup and taking into account the physical problems it suffered at the beginning of the year, it would not be in the game. In addition, the intention of the Argentine coaching staff is for him to recover his best soccer and physical version at PSG, a club in which he has not yet expressed the best of his repertoire.
PSG’s next challenge will be against Reims, this Sunday, at 4:45 p.m. in our country. The leader, with an 11-point advantage over Nice, will face a weak rival, who is in 14th place. Will Messi play? Will he go to the bench of substitutes?
The captain of the Argentine national team voted for his teammates from Paris Saint Germain, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé and the Frenchman Karim Benzema for FIFA’s The Best award, given this Monday. The star did not cast any of his three votes for the Polish Robert Lewandowski, who surpassed him by four points and won FIFA’s recognition for the best player for the second time in a row, this time, in 2021.
Beyond the prizes, Leo wants to play again. Feel influential on the field of play.