Paris Saint-Germain announced “three new positive cases” of coronavirus in their squad, on Thursday a day after Neymar and two teammates were unveiled to have contracted the virus.
The revelation casts weighty doubt over the beginning of the Ligue 1 champion’s start to the season in France.
The French champions said in a tweet, “The latest COVID-19 tests carried out on the Paris Saint-Germain playing staff have affirmed that there are three new positive cases,” taking the total number of cases in their squad to six.
According to ESPN sources claimed that Leandro Paredes, Neymar and Angel Di Maria were the first three players to test positive, after a recent holiday on the Spanish Mediterranean island of Ibiza.
Mr Neymar, who received the test results on Wednesday morning, is in good health and following protocol, sources said. Paredes and Di Maria are also in self-isolation in Paris after testing positive for coronavirus last Monday.
PSG are expected to play at Lens for their first Ligue 1 game. Their first match against Metz at the Parc des Princes was suspended due to PSG’s participation in the Champions League final, where they lost to Bayern Munich.
The Ligue 1 protocol for the COVID-19 is strict. If a club has four positive cases in their squad, their game will be suspended. Such was the case for Marseille, whose clash with Saint-Etienne on the opening day of the season had to be delayed.