PSG reveals that it has four infected players. The Argentine will not be able to return to France until he tests negative.
Leo Messi is one of the four players on the squad of the PSG who have tested positive in coronavirus, as announced by the club this Sunday, the eve of a match of the French Cup in Vannes. The Argentine tested positive in his hometown of Rosario, where he was on vacation. And there it must remain until a new negative test. “He is constantly in contact with our medical service. When you test negative, you can return to France“, said the Argentine PSG coach, Mauricio Pochettino, at a press conference.
The PSG does not escape the strong progression of the pandemic caused by the Omicron variant. In addition to Messi, the Spaniards also tested positive Juan Bernat and Sergio Rico and midfielder Nathan Bitumazala. All of them “respect isolation at this time and are subjected to the adapted health protocol,” added the club.
Before the match in Lorient (1-1), on December 22, the last before the Christmas break, the German Thilo Kehrer and Colin Dagba had tested positive.
Concentration in the Gulf
Mauricio Pochettino admitted this Sunday that there are doubts about the realization of the concentration in Qatar and in Saudi Arabia, where PSG should be from January 16 to 19. “We have lived with the virus for almost two years. Everyone knows what to do to avoid being contaminated. But you can always catch it, since there are things that we do not control,” said the coach.
On Saturday, Bernat went to the PSG training center, like most of his teammates, where he tested positive before participating in the session. “It is the risk we live with, worldwide. In football, contact is inevitable, we share a dressing room … The risk of contamination is there, but we take all the necessary measures to try to prevent one player from contaminating the others. “, explained the Argentine coach.
Leo Messi was not going to participate in the cup duel on Monday against Vannes, currently eighth in his National 2 group (fourth French division). PSG’s next appointment in the League will be on January 9 in Lyon.
Neymar is still injured
On the other hand, Paris SG confirmed that it will continue to be deprived of its other star, the Brazilian Neymar, who “will continue his treatment in Brazil until January 9 with members of the club’s medical team.” “His return to training is scheduled for approximately three weeks,” says PSG.
Neymar sprained his left ankle on November 28 in the game against Saint-Etienne and his absence was evaluated for between six and eight weeks.
In addition, his other star, the Brazilian Neymar, victim of a left ankle sprain on 28 November during a victory at Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1, “will continue his treatment in Brazil until January 9 with members of the medical and performance corps. “of the club, specifies the PSG.
“His return to training is still expected in about 3 weeks,” added the club. His absence was assessed six to eight weeks after his injury.
Reference from elmundo