Lionel Messi Tests Negative For Covid But Still Not Allowed To Play For PSG Yet Due To Protocol
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PARIS — Lionel Messi will miss Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 trip to Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday as he continues his recovery from COVID-19, the capital club said on Saturday.
The Argentine forward is back in Paris from his home country after testing negative but has not been cleared to play.
Lionel Messi will miss PSG's trip to Lyon as he continues his recovery from Covid-19 ❌ pic.twitter.com/CuLRzgi96R— GOAL (@goal) January 8, 2022
"Lionel Messi will continue his post-COVID individual protocol in the coming days," PSG said in a statement.
Messi, 34, was one of several players to return positive results during the Ligue 1 break.
PSG said that Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler, Danilo Pereira, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Layvin Kurzawa were still isolating after testing positive.
Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler tested positive this morning for Covid-19. They have been placed in solitary confinement and are subject to the appropriate health protocol.— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 6, 2022
"It's always hard to pick the right team, COVID or no COVID," PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino told a news conference on Saturday.
His side lead the standings with 46 points from 19 games, 10 ahead of second-placed Olympique de Marseille ahead of the club's 2,500th game.
However, PSG will not be able to count on the support of their fans, who have been banned from travelling to Lyon amid fears they might clash with the OL supporters.
The banning order from the interior ministry said PSG's trips were "frequently a source of public disorder."
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris)