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Pep Guardiola confirms 5 Man City players isolate themselves with COVID-19


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed he will be without five players for Sunday’s meeting with Chelsea due to positive COVID-19 tests.

The Premier League was forced to postpone a scheduled meeting between City and Everton at the end of December after Guardiola’s side were hit by several positive tests in two separate rounds of tests, raising fears of an out-of-control outbreak on the pitch. club training.

Subsequent testing did not yield any more positive results and Guardiola has now confirmed that he will only be without the five players when they travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

“Five right now,” he said (via Manchester Evening News). “Five players self-isolate for ten days and some of them, the first cases that were released, were four people – two players – and three more the second time around.

“The Premier League told us not to do it. Maybe we need to respect the privacy of the players. Tomorrow you will see the rosters and three important players not there, so you will know exactly but I am not allowed to tell you. ”

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Kyle Walker tested positive | Visionhaus / Getty Images

It has already been confirmed that Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus are isolating themselves, while goalkeeper Ederson has confirmed on Instagram that he is also isolating himself.

Despite the lack of players, Guardiola did not want the game to be postponed, just as he did not want to see Everton’s game called off. The Toffees were frustrated with the decision and Guardiola admitted he was equally disappointed.

“We had enough players to play against Everton. We wanted to play against Everton. We had enough players. We have the academy, ”he said.

“Personally, I called Carlo Ancelotti to announce the situation because we could play, but what if we travel with the coach and more players get it? The day before we were all in touch, and what if Everton players got infected by us?

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Guardiola didn’t want Everton’s game to be called off | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

“It was a huge risk because it’s not about what’s going on here at Manchester City, it’s about what’s happening all over the world.

“Sadly people are dying all over the world and in the UK. Unfortunately, the problem is still there. Hopefully the next few tests will all be negative and people who are positive right now can come back without a problem. ”

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