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Manchester City confirm 3 new cases of coronavirus ahead of Man Utd shock

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Manchester City have returned three new positive coronavirus test results, just hours before their Carabao Cup clash with Manchester United on Wednesday night.

Citizens were forced to close the training ground for a deep clean-up, as well as postpone their Premier League game against Everton on December 28, after a COVID-19 outbreak spread by players and staff.

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Starlet Cole Palmer has tested positive for the coronavirus | Alex Livesey / Getty Images

And the club confirmed Two other players, Scott Carson and Cole Palmer, along with another staff member, all contracted the virus on Wednesday, bringing the total number infected to 17 in the past fifteen weeks.

“Manchester City FC can confirm Scott Carson, Cole Palmer and a staff member have tested positive for COVID-19.

“Both staff will now observe a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK government protocol on quarantine.

“Everyone at the Club wishes Scott, Cole and all of our other colleagues a speedy recovery before they return to work, training and competition.”

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Carson and Palmer will now have to isolate themselves | James Williamson – AMA / Getty Images

Pep Guardiola must already make the most of his exhausted side, after the coronavirus tears his squad apart over the holiday season. The duo Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus were the first to return positive test results ahead of their game against Newcastle United on Boxing Day, followed by three more ahead of the postponed game with Everton.

First-choice goalkeeper Ederson was also forced to miss his 3-1 win over Chelsea on January 3 as he had to self-isolate meaning Guardiola turned to substitute goalscorer Zack Steffen in his hour. of need.

Defender Eric Garcia has also tested positive, but he would not have played anyway, due to an injury.

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Guardiola worries over stretching of his small group of available players | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Guardiola has raised concerns over the situation at Man City, admitting he is unsure whether his small number of available players can support them during the busy winter schedule, ahead of their Carabao Cup semi-final against his rival relentless Man Utd.

“We don’t have a lot of players,” he said.

“Playing one or two games is OK but if it lasts a long time and I can only use 14 or 15 players it will be more difficult.

“The most important thing is that guys who have Covid can recover well and guys deal with it well and try to avoid it as much as possible.”

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