PSG’s Neymar tested positive for coronavirus


Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar tested positive for the coronavirus after vacationing in Ibiza, sources have confirmed to ESPN.Neymar, who received the test results on Wednesday morning, is in good health and following the protocol, sources said. He is now isolated for 14 days at his home in Bougival, a western suburb of Paris, and will miss PSG’s first game of the season, against Lens on September 10, and the Classic against Marseille on September 13.

Another source confirmed that Neymar needs to be retested.

Neymar’s teammate Angel Di Maria is also in isolation in Paris after testing positive for COVID-19, sources told ESPN. The Argentina international has also gone on vacation to Ibiza. His teammate Leandro Paredes, who vacationed with Di Maria on the Spanish island, has also tested positive and is also in isolation, sources said.

Neymar is the latest top footballer to test positive for the virus. Manchester United’s Paul Pogba was withdrawn from the France squad after his test. Pogba was replaced by Eduardo Camavinga in Didier Deschamps’ squad to face Sweden on September 5 and Croatia on September 8.

PSG are due to play in Lens for their first Ligue 1 game. Their first game against Metz at Parc des Princes has been postponed due to PSG’s participation in the Champions League final, where they lost to Bayern Munich .

The Ligue 1 protocol for the coronavirus is strict. If a club has four positive cases in their team, their match is postponed. This was the case for Marseille, whose clash with Saint-Etienne on the first day of the season had to be postponed.


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