Messi among 4 PSG players who test positive for COVID-19

Messi among 4 PSG players who test positive for COVID-19
PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino is uncertain when Lionel Messi, above, will be able to return to France, or whether he can recover from COVID-19 in time to play away to Lyon in the league next Sunday. (Paul Ellis/Getty Images via CBC Sports)

PARIS (AP) – Seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi is among four players in the Paris Saint-Germain squad to have tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of the team’s French Cup game on Monday night.

PSG added that one staff member also had COVID-19 in a statement on Saturday night. None of them were named at that point, but in a further statement on the team’s medical news Sunday the club named Messi, left back Juan Bernat, backup goalie Sergio Rico and 19-year-old midfielder Nathan Bitumazala.

PSG is playing at third-tier Vannes.

Last year’s runner-up Monaco was in action later Sunday at second-tier Quevilly-Rouen in one of 13 games scheduled for the day as sides bid to reach the last 16.

Monaco said Saturday that seven players had COVID-19 but none showed any worrying signs and are isolating.

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