Lionel Messi could return for PSG against Brest on January 15

Lionel Messi tested positive for COVID-19 during the Christmas break
Lionel Messi tested positive for COVID-19 during the Christmas break / JUAN MABROMATA/GettyImages

Argentina icon, Lionel Messi will will miss his second consecutive fixture of the calendar year as the Paris Saint-Germain management officially ruled him out for their upcoming Ligue 1 away fixture against Olympique Lyonnais.

Messi tested positive for COVID-19 while in Argentina during the Christmas break and while he was cleared to return to the Camp des Loges after testing negative for the virus - the 34-year-old has been training alone and did not participate in the team’s collective sessions ahead of the match.

As per TyC Sports, the striker in all probability might end up returning to action in PSG’s Ligue 1 fixture against Brest, which is scheduled for January 15, with the club management also hoping to see the return of key players in Angel Di Maria and Gianluigi Donnarumma, both of whom who have been recently sidelined with COVID-19.

PSG can afford to give Messi an extra week of time to recover from the virus considering that they are in pole position in the Ligue 1, with 46 points to their name from 19 games - 10 ahead of second placed, Marseille.

Messi for his part has struggled to show the form that has made him the best player in the world in the league, managing to score only one goal in 11 appearances - though he has been his usual brilliant self in front of goal in the Champions League, netting five goals in the competitions so far.