Paris Saint-Germain Forward,Lionel Messi has tested positive for COVID-19 .
The club made the confirmation on Sunday ahead of the pre match press in France.
Messi will miss Monday’s Coupe de France round of 32 clash with Vannes OC with the Ligue 1 trip to Olympique Lyonnais also now in major doubt.
The head coach, Mauricio Pochettino’s at the press conference Revealed that the Argentina international is one of four players to have returned a positive test along with Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico, and Nathan Bitumazala.
“The four players that tested positive for Covid-19 are Leo Messi, Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico and Nathan Bitumazala,” read the bulletin. “They are currently in isolation and are subject to the appropriate health protocol.”
“We have been living with this virus for two years now, “There are things out of our control. We can get it even when we take all the necessary precautions. Messi is in touch with our medical staff. I do not know if he will be ready for Lyon. He will not be able to travel until he tests negative.”
“This is the risk,” added Pochettino on Bernat. “Football is a contact sport. We are trying to take all the necessary measures. We have been dealing with this for nearly two years. I am not a doctor, but I do as the medical services tell me. We take every precaution to play on.”
“Contract situations can affect your if you do not have the maturity to handle it,” said Pochettino of the Frenchman’s future. “Kylian has that necessary maturity. The club knows the situation. We do not think that this is a problem. We hope that he will stay for several more years and that his current performance”
While speaking on Neymar’s Injury, he 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.”club revealed”.