Paris St Germain striker, Argentine star Lionel Messi, and three other players tested positive for Covid-19, the French Ligue 1 club declared this Sunday.
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The absence of Lionel Messi on the flight that took Angel Di María and Leandro Paredes back to France after spending the New Year holidays in Argentina, immediately set off alarms around the world.
Messi, the Spanish full-back Juan Bernat, the Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Rico and the midfielder Nathan Bitumazala “at this time respect isolation and are subjected to the adapted health protocol,” added the club.
The 34-year-old footballer remains in his hometown, Rosario, where he arrived on December 23 to spend the end of the year holidays with his family.
The Argentine player had not taken part in the first match in the French Cup of Paris SG, whose next match in Ligue 1 is scheduled for January 9.
The French club returned to training this weekend and this Monday will return to competition, in the round of 32 of the French Cup, against fourth division Vannes.
“Until he is negative in Argentina, he will not be able to travel to France,” coach Mauricio Pochettino said this Sunday at the press conference ahead of the game against Vannes.