LIONEL MESSI is isolating at home in Argentina after being among four Paris SaintGermain players announced on Sunday as testing positive for the coronavirus ahead of the team's return to playing after a brief winter break. PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino is uncertain when the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner will be able to return to France, or whether he can recover in time to play away to Lyon in the league next Sunday.
Leading clubs across Europe, including Barcelona and Real Madrid, have been depleted by coronavirus infections_reflecting a wider surging case numbers on the continent spurred by the omicron variant.
England has been the most affected as the Premier League has played on through the Christmas holidays amid a wave of postponements. Liverpool announced three further suspected coronavirus cases ahead of kickoff at Chelsea on Sunday with goalkeeper Alisson, forward Roberto Firmino and defender Joel Matip isolating. Manager Jurgen Klopp had already entered isolation so missed the trip to London.
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