Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Lorient v Paris St Germain – Stade du Moustoir, Lorient, France – December 22, 2021 Paris St Germain’s Lionel Messi during the match REUTERS / Stephane Mahe
On the return to training at Paris Saint Germain, the alarms sounded for five cases of COVID-19 that were detected in the controls prior to the first practice after the break for the end of the year parties.
This was confirmed by the club in a message through its social networks. “The tests carried out during the winter holidays and before the resumption of training revealed 4 positive cases of Covid-19 among the players and 1 positive case among the staff. The affected people are subject to the current COVID protocols ”, was the statement presented by the PSG.
However, in the last hours, the Parisian entity confirmed that the affected footballers are Lionel Messi, Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico, Nathan Bitumazala y Neymar Jr.
In this way, the Rosario star could not return to the French capital, given that he will have to comply with the isolation due to the sanitary protocols established worldwide.
Before knowing the results of the PCR tests, Lionel Messi had left a message for the new start of the year. The international legend took the opportunity to take stock of what was left in 2021 and predicted a 2022 with more optimism. A few hours before celebrating with his wife Antonela Roccuzzo, his three children Thiago, Mateo and Ciro and the rest of his family, The flea used his official account Instagram to express your wishes for this new year. “I can only give thanks for everything 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,” began his story.
“Hopefully 2022 brings a lot of health, which is what I wish you all for the new year. Hugs everyone !!! ”, signed the number 30 of Paris Saint Germain before returning to his club.
It should be noted that both The flea like Mauro Icardi they stayed in the country, while Neymar could not leave Brazil either and will have to wait to join the training sessions of the team led by Mauricio Pochettino. Facing the resumption of the competition in the Old Continent, the Argentine coach will not be able to count on the Senegalese Idrissa Gueye and Abdou Diallo and the Moroccan Achraf Hakimi, summoned by their respective teams to play the African Cup of Nations.
Those who did return to practice on the first day of 2022 were the Italians Marco Verratti and Gianluigi Donnarumma, the Spanish Juan Bernat, Ander Herrera, the Dutchman Georgino Wijnaldum, the German Julian Draxler and the Costa Rican Keylor Navas.
The club’s statement:
The medical update for this Sunday, January 2, refers to Leo Messi, Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico, Nathan Bitumazala and Neymar Jr.
The 4 positive Covid-19 players are Leo Messi, Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico, Nathan Bitumazala and Neymar Jr. Currently they respect isolation and are subject to the corresponding health protocol.
Neymar will continue his care in Brazil until January 9 with members of the Paris Saint-Germain medical and performance staff. His return to training is still expected in about three weeks.
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