Paris | Jagran Sports Desk: Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi tested positive for COVID-19. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of PSG’s crucial French Cup game on Monday.

Messi, Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico and Nathan Bithumazala tested positive for COVID-19, PSG confirmed in an official statement on Sunday. 

In addition to the players, there is also a positive case among the PSG staff. "The 4 players that tested positive for Covid-19 are Leo Messi, Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico and Nathan Bitumazala. They are currently in isolation and are subject to the appropriate health protocol," PSG in a statement said.

The club also confirmed that Neymar will continue his treatment in Brazil until January 9 with members of the Paris Saint-Germain medical and performance staff. His return to training is still expected to be in about 3 weeks.

PSG is set to clash with Vannes in the French Cup round of 32 on Tuesday.

France reported 219,126 new confirmed coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period on Saturday, the fourth day in a row that the country has recorded more than 200,000 cases.

Saturday's figure is the second-highest to date after the 232,200 record set on Friday, when French President Emmanuel Macron said that the next few weeks would be difficult due to the recent surge in infections.

The seven-day moving average of new cases in France, which smoothes out daily reporting irregularities, rose to an all-time high of 157,651 - jumping almost fivefold in a month.

With inputs from the agencies

Posted By: Mukul Sharma