Messi returns to Paris after negative COVID test

The seven-times Ballon d'Or winner missed the club's 4-0 win away to third-tier club Vannes on Monday in a French Cup round-of-32 match after testing positive on Sunday.

Lionel Messi

FILE PHOTO: Paris St Germain forward Lionel Messi has returned to Paris after testing negative for COVID-19 and will resume training in the coming days, the French Ligue 1 club said on Wednesday.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Paris St Germain forward Lionel Messi has returned to Paris after testing negative for COVID-19 and will resume training in the coming days, the French Ligue 1 club said on Wednesday.

Messi was among the four PSG players who returned positive results on Sunday. The 34-year-old had been in Argentina at the time of his result.

The seven-times Ballon d'Or winner missed the club's 4-0 win away to third-tier club Vannes on Monday in a French Cup round-of-32 match.

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Argentina international Messi joined PSG from boyhood club Barcelona in August and has scored six goals in 16 games in all competitions for the Parisian side.

Mauricio Pochettino's team is top of the Ligue 1 standings on 46 points after 19 matches, 13 points above second-placed Nice.

It is due to travel to host Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

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