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Soccer star Lionel Messi tests positive for COVID

PSG's Lionel Messi during the French League One soccer match between FC Lorient and Paris Saint-Germain at the Moustoir stadium in Lorient, western France, December 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeremias Gonzalez)
PSG's Lionel Messi during the French League One soccer match between FC Lorient and Paris Saint-Germain at the Moustoir stadium in Lorient, western France, December 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeremias Gonzalez)

PARIS — 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 tomorrow night.

PSG added that one staff member also had COVID-19, in a statement last night. None of them were named at that point, but in a further statement on the team’s medical news today the club names 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 yesterday that seven players had COVID-19 but none showed any worrying signs and are isolating.

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