Three PSG players have tested positive for COVID-19, the French club announced Wednesday.
It is a setback to the preparations of Paris Saint-Germain for the start of their Ligue 1 campaign next week.
PSG is a premiere European club that lost the Champions League final to Germany’s Bayern Munich last month.
French sports daily l’Équipe and multiple other sources said that football star Neymar is among the infected footballers.
The two other players were Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes, according to the L’Équipe.
PSG issued a statement confirming that three players have been infected but it did not reveal any names.
“Three Paris Saint-Germain players have confirmed positive Sars CoV2 tests and are subject to the appropriate health protocol.”
“All of the players and coaching staff will continue to undergo tests in the coming days.”
The club had already revealed on Monday that two of its players had reported back with coronavirus symptoms following a holiday.
L’Équipe had reported the players in question were Argentinian duo Di Maria and Paredes. Now the paper claims Neymar is the third squad member to test positive.
The three players were among several PSG stars who travelled to the Spanish Mediterranean island of Ibiza last week for a holiday.
During the trip following their Champions League campaign, they mixed with friends and family after spending some weeks in a secure bubble with teammates in Portugal.
Lens Match Postponement Questioned
Ibiza trip came after a decision to postpone a league game away at Lens to give the players a break after their Champions League ‘Final Eight’ exertions.
The Lens match, initially scheduled for last Saturday, was rescheduled for next Thursday, with PSG squad due to entertain Marseille three days later.
Strict French league rules require cancellation of collective team training sessions if a club has at least four positive tests over an eight-day period, with match postponements possible.
The virus cases have raised a question over the decision of PSG to postpone the game in Lens.
If the purpose was to give a rest to players, why so many of them went on a holiday amid a pandemic.
Interestingly, the France’s richest club had only played five competitive matches in six months.
The last French season was ended early because of the global health crisis and 10 rounds of matches went unplayed. Now, the start of the new French season has already been impacted.
Impact On Other Clubs
In recent weeks, several Ligue 1 clubs have reported positive tests, including Lyon, Strasbourg, Marseille, Nantes, Rennes, and Montpellier.
A game between Marseille and Saint-Etienne on August 21, which was supposed to be the season opener, was also postponed.