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Messi tests negative for Covid-19, back in Paris

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Paris, Jan 6 (IANS) Lionel Messi has tested negative for Covid-19 and will be back in training with the team in the coming days, Paris Saint-Germain confirmed on Wednesday.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner was contaminated by the virus last week in Argentina, which forced him to have missed PSG’s 4-0 French Cup win over Vannes on January 4.

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“Messi has tested negative for COVID-19. He has arrived in Paris and will rejoin the squad in the next few days,” PSG said in a statement on Wednesday.

But the club didn’t give details when will the Argentine striker back to games as the Ligue 1 frontrunners will travel to Lyon on Sunday to play their first league match after the winter break, Xinhua reports.

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Mauricio Pochettino’s side are dominant in the French top flight this season, having established a comfortable 13-point lead in the table after playing half of the season. But the former Barcelona superstar has not delivered a convincing performance at the Parc des Princes, with only one goal in 11 league appearances.

The capital-based powerhouses also said that left-back Layvin Kurzawa had tested positive for COVID-19 and was in self-isolation under the health protocols.

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–IANS

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