Coronavirus: Man City manager Pep Guardiola says five players unavailable for Chelsea match

Pep Guardiola says five Manchester City players are unavailable for Sunday’s Premier League match in opposition to Chelsea due to optimistic coronavirus exams.

Guardiola was anticipating to take his squad to Goodison Park on Monday to face Everton, however a rise in optimistic exams on the membership noticed the coaching floor shut and the match postponed hours earlier than it was on account of go forward.

On Christmas Day, City confirmed defender Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus had contracted the virus and though no new positives allowed the membership to renew coaching on Wednesday, Guardiola says he will likely be with out at the very least three extra players for the journey to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, reside on Sky Sports.

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Asked what number of players will likely be lacking, Guardiola replied: “Five right now. Five players are isolating for 10 days. The first cases that were released it was two players and three more the second time.”

The newest outcomes carry the full variety of first-team personnel on the membership isolating to seven, together with two different workers members.

Guardiola added that the membership weren’t but able to disclose the identities of the three newest players to check optimistic.

He stated: “I don’t think the Premier League allow us to name the players. We have to respect the privacy of the players maybe. You will see the line-ups and three important players not there, so you will know exactly but I’m not allowed to tell you.”

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Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker examined optimistic for coronavirus over the Christmas interval

Guardiola: We wished to play in opposition to Everton

City reported “a number of positive cases” on Monday which led to the Premier League suspending the match in opposition to Everton.

Guardiola insisted City had sufficient players obtainable to make the journey to Goodison Park, however with information of the optimistic exams solely coming via late within the day, there was little various however to name off the sport.

He stated: “We had enough players to play against Everton. We have the academy.

“We wished to play however on the day of the sport, with extra circumstances, we knowledgeable the Premier League.

“Personally I known as Carlo Ancelotti to announce the scenario as a result of we may play, however what occurs if we journey on the coach and extra players get it, as a result of the day earlier than we have been in contact all of us.

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“It was a huge risk, because it’s not about what happens here in Manchester City, it’s about what happens all around the world.

“People are sadly dying all all over the world and within the UK. Unfortunately the issue continues to be right here. Hopefully the following exams everyone seems to be adverse and the people who find themselves optimistic proper now can come again with no drawback.”

On Tuesday, the Premier League confirmed 18 positive coronavirus tests among players and staff in its latest round of testing (December 21-27) – the highest figure of the season so far.

Everton expressed frustration after Monday’s game was postponed, calling in a statement for “full disclosure of all the knowledge” that led to the decision being taken.

Ancelotti was later more sincere, sending best wishes to those at City affected.

Guardiola added: “I most well-liked the assertion from Carlo Ancelotti than the assertion from the membership. We would have cherished to play the sport however, correctly, the Premier League determined for the welfare of everybody to not improve the circumstances.”

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