PARIS, France, January 6 – Lionel Messi has tested negative for Covid-19 and is now back in France and will resume training “in the coming days,” Paris Saint-Germain announced on Wednesday.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner tested positive for the virus while in his native Argentina last week, but returned to Paris on Wednesday.
He missed PSG’s 4-0 Coupe de France victory over Vannes on Monday.
The club did not say whether Messi would be available for his first Ligue 1 match since the winter break in Lyon on Sunday.
“The test carried out by Leo Messi was negative for Covid-19. He has arrived in Paris and he will resume with the group in the coming days, “PSG said in a statement.
Messi has had a rough start to life in the French capital since an emotional exit from Barcelona last summer.
He has only scored one goal in 11 league appearances for PSG, despite having scored five times in the Champions League.
The giants of the French capital also said full-back Layvin Kurzawa tested positive for Covid on Wednesday and isolated himself.
Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, defender Juan Bernat, substitute goalkeeper Sergio Rico, midfielder Danilo Pereira and teenager Nathan Bitumazala also all returned positive Covid test results last week.