Lionel Messi, three more PSG players tested positive for COVID-19

Lionel Messi, three more PSG players tested positive for COVID-19

Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi and three of his teammates have tested positive for COVID-19, the French Ligue 1 confirmed. Messi along with defender Juan Bernat, back-up goalkeeper Sergio Rico and midfielder Nathan Bitumazala were in isolation and subject to appropriate health protocols. The Argentina international will miss the team’s Coupe de France match against Vannes this week.

“Messi has been in regular contact with our medical team, and when he has a negative test, he will travel to France, but we don’t know any more than that. I don’t know if he will be involved against Lyon,” coach Mauricio Pochettino said. “Until he gets a negative test in Argentina, he will not be able to travel to France.” Follow us for more FA Cup fixtures and La Liga table updates and more!

According to data from the country’s Health Ministry, France registered 232,200 new cases of COVID-19 before the year ends, the highest daily number registered across Europe since the beginning of the pandemic. This outbreak prompted postponement of games in some cities, while there are games that were played behind closed doors to avoid more infection among players and fans.

“This is the risk with which we live, on a global scale,” said added. “In football, contact is inevitable, we share the dressing room. The risk of contamination is there, but we take all the necessary measures to try to prevent a player from infecting others.” Pochettino’s side are currently on top of the Ligue 1 table with 46 points, 13 points clear over second-placed Nice. PSG will also be without Neymar due to injury.

“Neymar Jr. will continue his treatment in Brazil until 9 January with members of the Paris Saint Germain medical and performance staff. His return to training is still expected to be in about 3 weeks,” PSG said in a statement. AFCON participants Idrissa Gueye, Abdou Diallo and Achraf Hakimi will also be out of their upcoming game.

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