PSG will be without Lionel Messi for their Ligue 1 match against Lyon at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais. The Argentine great was diagnosed with Covid-19 last week, and while he has recovered completely, the game against Lyon comes too soon for him. Due to Covid-19, PSG will also be without Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler, Danilo Pereira, Gianluigi Donnarumma, and Layvin Kurzawa, as well as Alexandre Letellier and Neymar Jr.
While he is now virus-free, he is not yet fit to play for the Ligue 1 leaders and will miss Sunday's game.
Messi spent his winter break in Argentina and reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 when he returned home. The 34-year-old was immediately quarantined and recovered quickly, returning to PSG earlier this week to ramp up preparations for the game against Lyon.
Messi was seen doing individual work at PSG training, which was the first sign that he would not be playing this weekend. On Saturday, it was confirmed that the former Barcelona star will not be included in PSG's squad, with Kylian Mbappe set to start up front alongside Mauro Icardi.
PSG are ten points clear of Marseille at the top of the Ligue 1 standings, and they appear to be on track to reclaim their domestic title this time around. Messi has only scored once in the league this season, but he remains an important player for Mauricio Pochettino, who will be missing a number of key players for the trip to Lyon. The PSG manager remained tight-lipped about Messi ahead of the game, but admitted that games against Lyon are always difficult.
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