​​Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi and the entire squad will be subjected to a coronavirus test when they fly to Naples later today ahead of their Champions League round of 16 first-leg clash against ​Napoli on Tuesday night.


The coronavirus outbreak in Italy has already claimed three lives and resulted in four Serie A games including Inter Milan's clash with Sampdoria being postponed during the weekend. The country have imposed strict quarantine restrictions in two northern “hotspots” which has left 50,000 people stranded.


While Naples has not been affected, the Italian health ministry has confirmed that it is mandatory for all travellers to undergo a test-in, which means that Messi and his team-mates will have their temperature checked upon arrival at the airport on Monday. If any are deemed to be too high, they will be taken straight to hospital.



Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed at a news conference that some football fixtures were to be cancelled as a matter of precaution.


"Minister of Sport [Vincenzo] Spadafora intends to suspend all sporting events planned for Sunday in the Veneto and Lombardy regions," he said, as per ​Express.


The Catalan giants are scheduled to face Napoli on Tuesday night, following which they will fly back to Spain immediately once the match is completed.