Lionel Messi, three other footballers from a French club tested positive for COVID-19

Football star Lionel Messi and three other players from his Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) team have tested positive for COVID-19.

In addition to Messi, PSG players Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico and Nathan Bitumazala have also tested positive for the virus, the team said in a statement. announcement on Sunday.

The four players “are currently isolated and are subject to the appropriate health protocol,” the statement said.

PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino said it was uncertain whether Messi, who is currently in Argentina, would be in the team’s next league game, scheduled for January 9, according to Reuters.

“Until he tests negative in Argentina, he will not be able to travel to France. So it all depends on the test in terms of when he can travel.… We will assess when he is ready to play,” Pochettino said declared, according to the press service.

Gamer infections come as France grapples with its own spike in COVID-19 cases.

France recorded a record 1,104,066 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, representing more than 10% of the country’s all-time cases, according to the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University.

Faced with the onslaught of business, France tried to increase the pressure unvaccinated residents from getting vaccinated by banning them from going to cinemas and other attractions and removing the ability to show a negative COVID-19 test result.

Additionally, the country announced on Saturday that children 6 years and older must wear a mask in indoor public spaces. Previously, the mask requirement was only in place for children aged 11 and over.