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Lionel Messi is isolating astatine location successful Argentina aft being among 4 Paris Saint-Germain players announced Sunday arsenic investigating affirmative for the coronavirus up of the team's instrumentality to playing aft a little wintertime break.

PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino is uncertain erstwhile the seven-time Ballon d’Or victor volition beryllium capable to instrumentality to France, oregon whether helium tin retrieve successful clip to play distant to Lyon successful the league adjacent Sunday.

Leading clubs crossed Europe, including Barcelona and Real Madrid, person been depleted by coronavirus infections — reflecting a wider surging lawsuit numbers connected the continent spurred by the omicron variant.

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England has been the astir affected arsenic the Premier League has played connected done the Christmas holidays amid a question of postponements.

Liverpool announced 3 further suspected coronavirus cases up of kickoff astatine Chelsea connected Sunday with goalkeeper Alisson, guardant Roberto Firmino and defender Joel Matip isolating. Manager Jürgen Klopp had already entered isolation truthful missed the travel to London.

Lionel Messi is isolating successful Argentina. (Getty)

French clubs are backmost playing for the archetypal clip successful 1 1/2 weeks, a interruption which allowed players to spell location oregon connected holiday.

Mauricio Pochettino's options for Monday's French Cup lucifer astatine third-tier Vannes person besides been depleted by near backmost Juan Bernat, backup goalkeeper Sergio Rico and midfielder Nathan Bitumazala contracting COVID-19.

It's unclear whether the quartet, including Messi, volition beryllium acceptable to play again, though PSG has a 13-point pb astatine the apical of the standings.

“With regards to Leo, he’s successful interaction with our aesculapian service," Pochettino said. "I don’t cognize if he’ll beryllium capable to play successful Lyon. He tested affirmative successful Argentina (and) until he’s negative, helium won’t beryllium capable to question to France. We’ll spot erstwhile helium gets back.”

PSG resumed grooming earlier this week, raising the imaginable of further infections successful the squad.

“It's the hazard everyone runs successful shot connected a satellite scale," Pochettino said. "Contact is unavoidable successful football, it's evident that determination are much risks," helium said. "We've taken each the steps indispensable to debar a subordinate transmitting the microorganism to another. I bash what the aesculapian work unit archer america to.”

Monaco said Saturday that 7 players had COVID-19 but nary showed immoderate worrying signs and are isolating. Last year's French Cup runner-up was successful enactment aboriginal Sunday astatine second-tier Quevilly-Rouen.

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