Lionel Messi has returned to Paris after testing negative for Covid, PSG confirm… with Ligue 1 giants revealing Argentine star will resume training ‘in the next few days’ ahead of Sunday’s trip to Lyon
- Lionel Messi was among the four PSG players to return positive tests on Sunday
- The 34-year-old ex-Barcelona star had been in Argentina at the time of his result
- He was filmed having fun at a concert in Rosario, Sante Fe during winter break
- Messi missed PSG’s 4-0 win away to third-tier club Vannes in the French Cup
Paris St Germain forward Lionel Messi has returned to Paris after testing negative for COVID-19 and will resume training in ‘the next few days’, the French Ligue 1 club said on Wednesday.
Messi was among the four PSG players – Sergio Rico, Juan Bernat and Nathan Bitumazala being the other – who returned positive results on Sunday. The 34-year-old had been in Argentina at the time of his result.
The 34-year-old made the most of French football’s winter break with his wife, Antonela, and was filmed enjoying himself at a concert in Rosario, Sante Fe.
PSG forward Lionel Messi will resume training ‘in the next few days’ after testing negative for Covid
It is not known whether Messi caught the virus at the concert, but the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner nevertheless missed their 4-0 win away to third-tier club Vannes on Monday in a French Cup round-of-32 match.
Messi reportedly flew back to Argentina along with his countrymen and PSG team-mates Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi after their last game before the winter break against Lorient, which ended in a 1-1 draw on December 22.
Meanwhile, club left-back Layvin Kurzawa has tested positive for the virus and has begun his period in self-isolation.
Messi has returned to Paris after spending the winter break back in his homeland of Argentina
Argentina international Messi joined PSG from boyhood club Barcelona in August and has scored six goals in 16 games in all competitions for the Parisian side.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team are top of the Ligue 1 standings on 46 points after 19 matches, 13 points above second-placed Nice.
They are due to travel to host Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
Meanwhile, club left-back Layvin Kurzawa (right) has tested positive for the virus
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