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(Reuters) – Paris St Germain ahead Lionel Messi and three other players have examined favourable for COVID-19, the French Ligue 1 club claimed on Sunday.

Argentina global Messi joined PSG from boyhood club Barcelona in August and the 34-yr-outdated has scored six goals in 16 online games in all competitions for the Parisian aspect.

Defender Juan Bernat, again-up goalkeeper Sergio Rico and midfielder Nathan Bitumazala were the other players who returned optimistic checks. PSG reported the four gamers ended up in isolation and topic to the correct well being protocols.

Mauricio Pochettino’s workforce are top of the Ligue 1 standings on 46 details after 19 matches, 13 points earlier mentioned next-positioned Awesome. They are because of to travel to 3rd-tier club Vannes on Monday for a French Cup spherical-of-32 match.

Pochettino reported he was uncertain if Messi, who is at present in Argentina, would aspect in their next league sport, at Olympique Lyonnais on Jan. 9.

“Messi has been in regular get in touch with with our health-related crew and when he has a damaging test, he will travel to France but we really don’t know any much more than that. I don’t know if he will be associated in opposition to Lyon.

“Right until he receives a damaging take a look at in Argentina, he will not be able to vacation to France. So it is all down to the check in terms of when he can journey… we will evaluate when he is all set to play.”

France described 219,126 new verified COVID-19 situations in a 24-hour interval on Saturday, the fourth working day in a row that the country has recorded extra than 200,000 instances.

France has joined the United States, India, Brazil, Britain and Russia in owning had a lot more than 10 million circumstances.

PSG also stated that Brazil forward Neymar, who is out with an ankle damage, was about 3 months absent from returning to education.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru, Editing by Louise Heavens and Clare Fallon)

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