Lionel Messi is making positive progress in his recovery from Covid-19, but that process has taken longer than expected and he will be missing for Paris Saint-Germain once again when they play host to Brest on Saturday.

The Argentine has returned to training in the French capital, as he builds his way back up towards full fitness, but he has not taken in competitive game time since December 22.

Messi is confident that he will soon rediscover a spark, in what has been a slow start to life at Parc des Princes, but he will not be rushed into action after overcoming a bout of coronavirus.

PSG said in a statement on the club’s official website: “Lionel Messi, whose development is good, continues his work with the medical and performance staff and will gradually return to the group next week.”

Messi’s return to France was delayed and he has been fighting a prolonged battle to push through his infection ever since.

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

It appears he’s finally primed to make his PSG return in the near future.