Paris St Germain will be without Lionel Messi for their Ligue 1 trip to Lyon as he continues his recovery following a positive COVID-19 test.
Messi tested positive for the coronavirus back home in Argentina and subsequently missed PSG’s 4-0 victory over Vannes in the Coupe de France on Monday.
However, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner returned a negative test on Wednesday and was set to be available to face Lyon on Sunday.
But the Ligue 1 leaders confirmed on Saturday that the 34-year-old will “continue his post-COVID individual recovery protocol for the next few days.”
PSG also revealed that Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler, Danilo Pereira, Layvin Kurzawa and Gianluigi Donnarumma remain in isolation after recently returning positive tests.
Meanwhile, Neymar is resuming his rehabilitation and is scheduled to return to training in three weeks’ time.
Head coach Mauricio Pochettino acknowledges that PSG must adapt in the absence of players, but insists that every team is in the same boat.
During his pre-match press conference, he said: “All teams have absent players; so do we. We have to adapt to everyday life. Sometimes, we have to change our plans.
“It’s the same every game, we always have to make choices. We have to put the players in the best conditions.”