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Lionel Messi ruled out of PSG’s trip to Lyon as he continues to recover from Covid after recording negative test

LIONEL MESSI will miss Paris Saint-Germain’s clash with Lyon this weekend – despite no longer having Covid.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner tested positive for the virus last week after a trip back home to Argentina.

The 34-year-old returned to Paris this week after producing a negative test but won’t be part of PSG’s squad for their trip to Lyon tomorrow.

A club statement read: “Lionel Messi will continue his post-COVID individual protocol in the coming days.”

Messi’s positive Covid test came after he was spotted singing and dancing with his wife Antonella at a party in their homeland.

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Argentine DJ Fer Palacio was snapped with Messi at a New Year’s Eve party and was accused of giving the former Barcelona man the virus.

Palacio took to social media to defend himself and deny giving the superstar Covid, posting a negative test to his social media.

He wrote: “I’ve just got up and seen I’ve got a lot of messages and am trending on social media because Messi tested positive for Covid and people are saying I gave it to him.

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“I’ve got loads of private messages and people have even gone as far as calling me an assassin.

“I had done a Covid test yesterday because I have to travel to Uruguay tomorrow and I haven’t got Covid.

“I’ll show you all now.”

Prior to his denial of any wrongdoing, Palacio posted a snap of himself and Messi to Instagram.

He wrote: “I made the greatest dance.

“Thanks to the whole Messi family for the invitation.”

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According to to reports, Copa America winner Messi is set to resume training with his team-mates after completing his individual Covid protocols.

It’s unknown whether he’ll be available for the visit of Brest next Saturday.

Messi has made 16 appearances for Ligue 1 giants PSG since his move to the Parc des Princes last summer, scoring six goals and providing five assists for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

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