Lionel Messi

PSG confirm Lionel Messi has tested positive for Covid-19

Jude Summerfield
Messi has tested positive for Covid-19
Messi has tested positive for Covid-19 / John Berry/GettyImages
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Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed Lionel Messi is among the players to have recently tested positive for Covid-19.

The French giants are due to face Vannes, who play in the country's fourth tier league competition, on Monday in the Coupe de France. PSG are the current holders of the competition having beaten Monaco in last season's final.

On Saturday, PSG confirmed four players and one member of staff had tested positive for coronavirus, and later on Sunday they revealed the identities of those first team members.

Their update confirms Messi returned a positive test alongside Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico and Nathan Bitumazala. They are now in isolation and will now miss Monday's tie as well as the Ligue 1 clash with Lyon next week.

Messi has made a quiet start by his standards to his PSG career, scoring once in 11 league appearances, though he has struck five times in the Champions League. His lack of accuracy in the league hasn't harmed PSG's title charge, however, as Mauricio Pochettino's side boast a 13 point lead at the top of Ligue 1.

Elsewhere, PSG confirmed Neymar is due to return from his ankle ligament problem in around three weeks.

Les Parisiens have had to deal with Covid-19 absences previously this season. Back in December, Thilo Kehrer and Eric-Junior Dina Ebimbe both tested positive and had to miss the 1-1 draw with Lorient. Leandro Paredes also skipped that fixture as he isolated as a precaution.

Restrictions have been brought into place in France to combat the spread of coronavirus. A maximum of 5,000 people can attend outdoor events, including football matches. Those measures will last for three weeks and will be implemented from Monday 3 January.

That means PSG's Champions League tie with Real Madrid in February could be played in front of a massively reduced crowd if the measures are extended.


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