Paris Saint-Germain introduced that Lionel Messi examined constructive for COVID-19 and has but to journey again to France to hitch the squad after vacationing in Argentina.
Messi is certainly one of 4 gamers PSG recognized as constructive circumstances earlier this yr, alongside Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico and Nathan Bitumazala.
“Lionel Messi is in direct contact with the membership’s medical workforce,” stated coach Mauricio Pochettino at his pre-game press convention.
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Messi will miss the beginning of the 2022 schedule, which begins with the Coupe de France (French Cup) recreation in opposition to Vannes on Monday. Pochettino hinted that it’s nonetheless up within the air whether or not Messi may be again in France and able to play his rival Lyon within the first league recreation of 2022 on January 9.
“We do not know but if he’ll play in opposition to Lyon. So long as his assessments aren’t unfavorable, he cannot go to France so we’ll have to attend.”
Lionel Messi and three different PSG gamers examined constructive for the coronavirus.
– Sky Sports activities Information (@SkySportsNews) January 2, 2022
Argentinian reporter Gaston Edul studies that Messi examined constructive a number of days earlier than the precise PSG announcement. Apparently he’s doing nicely and will be capable of journey to Paris “in a couple of hours”.
The workforce are already with out injured Brazilian star Neymar, who has been given permission to remain in Brazil till Jan 9, with a return to coaching slated for 3 weeks.
Which PSG video games will Messi miss?
Messi undoubtedly will not play at Vannes OC on Monday within the French Cup’s spherical of 32 however it’s a recreation PSG ought to deal with with out him. Vannes OC is at present within the midfield of the French fourth division desk.
PSG supporters additionally will not fear about Messi doubtlessly lacking out on the sport in opposition to Lyon on January 9, as PSG have a snug 13-point lead on the high of the Ligue 1 desk at halftime of the season.
After the highway journey to Lyon, PSG will play consecutive house video games in Ligue 1 in opposition to Stade Brestois (January 15) and Stade de Reims (January 23).
Messi, 34, has scored six targets and 5 assists for PSG in his first 16 appearances since becoming a member of as a free agent this summer time. He scored 5 of his six targets within the UEFA Champions League, and all 5 assists got here in Ligue 1.
It goes with out saying that the video games which might be actually vital to PSG would be the spherical of 16 in opposition to Spanish giants Actual Madrid, which begins in Paris on February fifteenth. The second leg will happen in Spain on March ninth. PSG purchased Messi within the hopes that he may assist the membership overcome the hump and win their first Champions League title.
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Why was Messi in Argentina?
After settling in at PSG in Paris for the primary few months, Messi spent the vacations in Argentina on the finish of 2021. The final PSG recreation he participated in was the 1-1 draw with Lorient on December 22, during which Messi and his PSG team-mates struggled with out Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Messi later traveled to his native Rosario, Argentina, the place movies and images shared on social media confirmed him enjoyable with household.
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When it emerged that Messi was not within the non-public jet that was bringing PSG teammates and Argentine compatriots Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes again to Paris after the vacations, alarm bells went off in Argentina.