Paris Saint-Germain

Lionel Messi returns to PSG after negative PCR test

Tom Gott
Messi is heading back to PSG
Messi is heading back to PSG / John Berry/GettyImages
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Lionel Messi has left Argentina to return to Paris Saint-Germain after testing negative for Covid-19.

The forward was revealed to have tested positive earlier this month, having contracted the virus in late December, and remained in isolation in his native Argentina while he recovered.

Fortunately, that does not seem to have taken very long as Ole state that Messi has officially tested negative and have even obtained images of him boarding a plane to return to Paris.

Messi is not believed to have suffered any symptoms of the virus and underwent regular tests to check his status, eagerly awaiting the negative result which cleared him to board a plane and get his season back underway.

Once he lands, Messi will be subject to numerous medical tests by PSG as part of their regular process following a player's recovery from Covid-19.

There is growing optimism that, given his lack of symptoms, Messi will be cleared to return to training immediately and may well be included in the PSG squad to face Lyon on Sunday.

The latest PSG player to enter isolation is goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, whose positive test was confirmed on Tuesday.

Fellow goalkeeper Sergio Rico remains positive, as does young midfielder Nathan Bitumazala.

Left-back Juan Bernat, whose infection was confirmed at the same time as Messi's, has tested negative and has now left isolation.

While Sunday's meeting with Lyon would usually be billed as a top-of-the-table battle, this match feels like anything but.

PSG sit in first, 13 points clear of second-placed Nice, while Lyon are all the way down in 13th after a surprising run of form which saw them pick up just six wins in 18 games before the winter break.

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