Messi, one of the four covid positives confirmed by PSG (Efe)
The Argentine star of PSG, Lionel Messi, is one of the four players in the PSG squad who have tested positive for Covid-19, the French club announced this Sunday, a day before their round of 32 match of the Copa de France against the amateur team Vannes.
The captain of the national team together with the Spanish side Juan Bernat, the Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Rico and the midfielder Nathan Bitumazala “respect isolation at this time and are subjected to the adapted health protocol,” added the club.
The Rosario, who welcomed the new year in Argentina, had not returned to Paris and his presence at the Vannes Olympic Club was already ruled out. However, now and as a result of having contracted the virus, he will be a while away from the playing field.
Messi spent the holidays in Argentina with his family
After it was confirmed that the Argentine star is one of the four players on the squad who have tested positive for covid, they all began to look at the match schedule with the match against Real Madrid for the second round of the Champions League in the horizon.
Fortunately, and if the expected isolation and recovery times that normally apply in Europe are met, the former Barcelona will be able to arrive without problems and will only miss two clashes, in addition to the match for the French Cup in which his presence had already been ruled out. beforehand.
In the first place, he will not be able to play one of the most anticipated matches by the fans when Mauricio Pochettino’s team visits the Stade des Lumières to face Lyon for the 20th date of Ligue 1. Also his presence against Brestois (from 15 January) the following day would be affected.
Everything seems to indicate that The flea would return to the field of play on January 23, two dates before facing the team merengue in Paris, to face the duel against Reims for the local championship.
The Argentine shared a message to say goodbye to 2021 and receive 2022 on his Instagram account
“I can only give thanks for everything that I had to live in this 2021. Even more so when many people had a really bad time because of the shitty virus that never ends. Hopefully 2022 brings a lot of health, which is what I wish you all for the new year. Hug everyone! ”, Had been the message of the Argentine star through his Instagram account to say goodbye to 2021 from Argentina.
On the other hand, Paris SG confirmed that it will continue to be deprived of its other star, the Brazilian Neymar, who “will continue his treatment in Brazil until January 9 with members of the club’s medical team.”
“His return to training is scheduled for approximately three weeks,” said PSG. Neymar had been the victim of a sprained left ankle on 28 November in his team’s victory against Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1. His absence had then been evaluated for between six and eight weeks.
France recorded 219,126 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a 24-hour period on Saturday, the fourth consecutive day the country reported more than 200,000 cases. With these statistics it has joined the United States, India, Brazil, United Kingdom and Russia as the countries with more than 10 million cases.
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