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the attacker Lionel Messi and three other Paris Saint-Germain players tested positive for Covid-19, the French club reported on Sunday.

Messi joined PSG after his contract with Barcelona ended in August and the 34-year-old has since scored six goals in 16 games for the Paris club.

Full-back Juan Bernat, reserve goalkeeper Sergio Rico and midfielder Nathan Bitumazala are the other players who tested positive.

PSG said the four players are in isolation and will undergo proper health protocols.

Coach Mauricio Pochettino’s team is at the top of the French league, with 46 points after 19 matches, 13 points above second-placed Nice.

PSG will face Vannes, from the third division, on Monday, for the second round of the French Cup.

Pochettino said he wasn’t sure whether Messi, who is currently in Argentina, would play in the team’s next match, against Olympique Lyon, on January 9th.

“Messi has been in contact with our medical team regularly and when he has a negative test he will travel to France, but we don’t know more than that. We don’t know if he will play against Lyon,” he said.

“Until he has a negative test in Argentina, he won’t be able to travel to France. So it all comes down to the test in terms of when he can travel… We’ll assess when he’ll be ready to play.”

France reported 219,126 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 within 24 hours on Saturday, the fourth consecutive day the country has registered more than 200,000 cases.

The country joined the United States, India, Brazil, England and Russia in the group of countries that add up to more than 10 million cases.

PSG also said striker Neymar, who is sidelined with an ankle injury, will return to training in approximately three weeks.

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