Messi ‘takes longer than expected’ to recover from COVID-19

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FILE PHOTO: Paris St Germain's Lionel Messi.

FILE PHOTO: Paris St Germain’s Lionel Messi. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo

Lionel Messi said on Thursday he needs more time to recover before playing again after contracting COVID-19 earlier this month.

Paris Saint-Germain star Messi, 34, tested positive while on holiday in his hometown of Rosario before flying back to the French capital on January 5.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has missed two PSG matches 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 has taken me longer than I thought to be OK but I’m almost recovered and I’m looking forward to getting back on the field.

“I’m training to get back to being at 100%, great challenges are coming this year and I hope we can see each other again,” he added.

Since testing negative last week he has trained alone…

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