Lionel Messi tests positive for Covid-19, PSG confirms

PSG star Lionel Messi is currently isolating after contracting Covid-19 after spending the festive period in Argentina with his wife and children

Lionel Messi is one of four players to test positive for Covid-19 in PSG’s squad over the winter break.

The Argentinian has been spending time in South America over the festive period.

But he was not on the return flight to Paris on Sunday, prompting fears he may have contracted Covid-19.

Those fears were confirmed by PSG in recent hours, with the club releasing a statement regarding Messi and three of his team-mates.

“This Sunday 2 January’s medical update concerns Leo Messi, Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico, Nathan Bitumazala and Neymar Jr,” it read.

“The 4 players that tested positive for Covid-19 are Leo Messi, Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico and Nathan Bitumazala.

“They are currently in isolation and are subject to the appropriate health protocol.

“Neymar JR will continue his treatment in Brazil until 9 January with members of the Paris Saint-Germain medical and performance staff.

“His return to training is still expected to be in about 3 weeks.”

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