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Messi continues COVID recovery, misses Lyon trip

The
Argentine forward is back in Paris from his home country after testing negative
but has not been cleared to play.

“Lionel
Messi will continue his post-COVID individual protocol in the coming
days,” PSG said in a statement.

Messi, 34,
was one of several players to return positive results during the Ligue 1 break.

PSG said
that Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler, Danilo Pereira, Gianluigi Donnarumma and
Layvin Kurzawa were still isolating after testing positive.

“It’s
always hard to pick the right team, COVID or no COVID,” PSG coach Mauricio
Pochettino told a news conference on Saturday.

His side
lead the standings with 46 points from 19 games, 10 ahead of second-placed
Olympique de Marseille ahead of the club’s 2,500th game.

However, PSG
will not be able to count on the support of their fans, who have been banned
from travelling to Lyon amid fears they might clash with the OL supporters.

The banning
order from the interior ministry said PSG’s trips were “frequently a
source of public disorder”.

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