Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi has contracted the virus along with three other players ahead of the Coupe de France’s clash with Vannes.
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The 34-year-old has tested positive for the coronavirus, PSG confirmed. Lionel Messi will miss the team’s clash with Vannes at the Coupe de France on Monday. The Argentine striker returned to his homeland after the Christmas break but has since contracted the virus, while three teammates have also tested positive.
In a statement, Paris Saint-Germain said the four players who have tested positive for the coronavirus are Nathan Bitumazala, Sergio Rico, Juan Bernat and Lionel Messi. They are currently in isolation and subject to the relevant health protocol.
Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino says he’s not sure if Lionel Messi will be available for next week’s Ligue 1 match against Lyon. Mauricio Pochettino said at a press conference that he does not know if he will be there against Lyon. according to Mauricio Pochettino, Lionel Messi will return from Argentina when negative.
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Paris Saint-Germain has confirmed that Neymar will also miss the upcoming clash as they continue to struggle with an ankle injury. Brazilian star Neymar has been out of action since the end of November with a problem and will remain at home for another week. The statement added that Neymar will continue treatment in Brazil until January 9 with members of the Paris Saint-Germain medical and executive staff. He is expected to return to training in three weeks.
Lionel Messi joined the French side on a free transfer in August after his Barcelona contract expired. The 34-year-old Argentine footballer has played 16 times in Ligue 1 and the Champions League, scoring six times. Meanwhile, Neymar scored three goals in his 14 appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s side during that time frame.