PSG forward Lionel Messi is now a cause of concern for both his club Paris Saint-Germain and national team Argentina as the left-footed wizard is struggling with returning to full fitness.

Messi had returned from the Christmas break but was reported to have tested positive for Covid.

He was ruled out along some other PSG teammates in their 4-0 win against Vannes in the French Cup.

Although he was billed to return for their game against Lyon but he still showed Covid symptoms and therefore was ruled out of action in the 1-1 draw that ensued when both sides met on Sunday.

The 34-year old has been ruled out of PSG’s next game against Brest accoi to reports from French media outlet L’Equipe which indicate the Argentine superstar will continue his “recovery protocol” as he still shows symptoms and is “unable to follow the fitness programme during the winter break.”

The former Barcelona playmaker has informed Argentina gaffer Lionel Scaloni “his intention to stay in Paris” and the Los Abicelseste have reportedly agreed to the request even though the player was to jet out to South-America for the international break.

🔴 Leo Messi has informed Scaloni of his intention to stay in Paris & not play upcoming games with his NT — Argentina have reportedly agreed. Neymar also expected to stay in Paris.
@lequipe 🇦🇷🇧🇷

The seven-time Balon d’or winner further confirmed his status via his Instagram account and promised fans he’s “almost recovered” and he’s “looking forward to getting back” to playing football.

“I had COVID and I wanted to thank you for all the messages I received and tell you that it took me longer than I thought to get well but I’m almost recovered and I’m looking forward to getting back on the field

I’ve been training these days to get 100%, there are very nice challenges coming this year and hopefully very soon we can see each other again. Thank you!”

Lionel Messi on Instagram

Fellow South-American, Brazilian Neymar is also ruled out of action for both Paris Saint-Germain and the Seleção of Brazil for the upcoming international games but the Capital-based club are of the hope and belief that Neymar will be back and fit before they take on Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Round-16 come next month.