Paris Saint-Germain have offered a short update confirming Lionel Messi - along with team-mates Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico and Nathan Bitumazala have tested positive for Covid-19
Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that Lionel Messi is one of four players to have returned positive coronavirus cases.
Messi has endured an up and down start to life in PSG, having shocked the football world by leaving Barcelona in the summer.
The Argentinian star has endured a difficult start to life in the French capital since an emotional exit from Barcelona last summer.
Messi has scored only one goal in 11 league appearances for PSG, although he has netted five times in the Champions League.
He will miss Monday's cup tie and will likely also be sidelined for PSG's first Ligue 1 match since the winter break, at Lyon next Sunday.
In the domestic league Messi has managed just one goal, although he has been prolific in Europe scoring five in as many Champions League fixtures.
He did play in PSG’s final game before the Christmas break, but is now set for a spell on the sidelines.
In a short statement on the club’s site, PSG said: “The medical update for this Sunday, January 2 concerns Leo Messi, Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico, Nathan Bitumazala and Neymar Jr.
“The 4 positive players for Covid-19 are Leo Messi , Juan Bernat , Sergio Rico and Nathan Bitumazala . They currently respect isolation and are subject to the appropriate health protocol.
“Neymar JR will continue his care in Brazil until January 9 with members of the medical and performance staff of Paris Saint-Germain. His return to training is still expected in about 3 weeks.”
“I can only give thanks for everything that I had to live in this 2021,” he wrote. “'Even more so when many people had a really bad time because of the s***** virus that never ends.
“Hopefully 2022 brings a lot of health, which is what I wish you all for the new year. Hug everyone!”
Following the game with fourth-tier Vannes, PSG are set to face-off against Lyon on Sunday night, as they look to extend their mammoth 13-point gap at the top of Ligue 1.
The number of Covid cases in France has topped 200,000 a day this week.
Barcelona left frustrated after club ambassador Ronaldinho admitted that Lionel Messi's move to Paris Saint-Germain was 'a pleasant surprise'
Barcelona have been left disappointed by comments made by club ambassador Ronaldinho regarding Lionel Messi's move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi ended his lengthy association with Barcelona last summer when he joined PSG on a free transfer, with Ronaldinho commenting that the deal was 'a pleasant surprise'.
Ronaldinho played for PSG between 2001 and 2003 before signing for Barcelona.
Ronaldinho: Lionel Messi's move to Paris Saint-Germain was 'a pleasant surprise'
Ronaldinho said of Messi's move: 'I did not expect it (the transfer) to happen, I was counting on Messi going to finish his career at Barcelona.
'It was a surprise, but a pleasant surprise for me.'
When PSG faced RB Leipzig in the Champions League in October, Ronaldinho spoke to Messi on the pitch before the game.
After his meeting with Messi, Ronaldinho said: 'It is a great joy to have played for these two clubs and now to see my friend wearing this shirt, there are many moments of joy for Leo Messi.
'I am very happy to see Messi at PSG, a club that occupies an important place in my heart.'
Messi and Ronaldinho had a strong connection when they played together at Barcelona.
Known for his incredible flair, Ronaldinho helped Barcelona to win the Champions League in 2006, while he also won two LaLiga titles with the club.
In 2017 Ronaldinho signed a ten-year deal with Barcelona to become an ambassador for the club at institutional events.
Messi has scored just one league goal in eleven games for PSG so far, although he has provided five assists and has also been affected by injuries.
The Argentine has fared considerably better in the Champions League, scoring five goals in as many games as he helped PSG to advance to the knockout stages, where they will face Real Madrid in the last-16.