As it stands, Lionel Messi is the lone Paris Saint-Germain player who featured at the 2022 FIFA World Cup who has not yet returned to the club to begin preparations for the second half of the season. Since the 2022 World Cup Final, Messi has spent nearly every day celebrating the dramatic win over France, and he also spent Christmas Day with his family back home in Argentina.
According to TyC Sports, Messi is expected to be back in training on Jan. 3.
At the least, Messi will not be available for PSG’s upcoming three fixtures, including its Ligue 1 home matchup against Strasbourg on Dec. 28. Barring any major changes in the coming days, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is projected to be back on the pitch for in-game action in PSG’s Ligue 1 home fixture against Angers on Jan. 11.
Thus, Messi will go 24 straight days without playing in an official match.
The Argentine forward heads into the second half of the Ligue 1 season leading the league in multiple stats, including assists (10).