Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has tested positive for Covid-19
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has tested positive for Covid (Picture: Getty)

Pep Guardiola has tested positive for Covid-19 while seven Manchester City players are now isolating as the virus continues to spread at the Etihad.

The City boss and his assistant Juanma Lillo both returned positive tests on Tuesday and will now miss Friday’s FA Cup clash with Swindon Town, although the game will still take place.

With a number of other positive cases within the Man City first-team bubble, 21 people – 14 backroom staff and seven players – are now isolating for Covid-related reasons.

Assistant coach Rodolfo Borrell will take charge of Manchester City’s FA Cup third-round clash with League Two side Swindon, but new rules regarding the duration of isolation periods means Guardiola could return for the Premier League fixture against Chelsea on January 15.

Man City, who are bidding to win back-to-back Premier League titles under Guardiola, have won 11 matches in a row to storm ten points clear of Chelsea and Liverpool.

Speaking after his side beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates on Saturday, Guardiola said Covid-19 was making the Premier League even more ‘unpredictable’.

Seven Man City players are now isolating
Seven Man City players are now isolating (Picture: Getty)

‘They were better, they were the better team, we did not have energy,’ the Man City manager said. ‘At the end, we played against Brentford, went back to Manchester and came back to London.

‘Arsenal struggled in the last years to be in the top four and they started the season in the bottom but have moved up step by step, I felt the energy and connection between the players and we did not have the energy to compete with them.

‘In football sometimes you try to analyse the reasons, what we have done, but it is unpredictable – 4-0 against Leicester, in 20 minutes, 4-3. Injuries, Covid and lot of games, these types of situations happen.’

On Wednesday, the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Arsenal was postponed because of a ‘severe outbreak’ of Covid at Anfield.

For more stories like this, check our sport page.

Follow Metro Sport for the latest news on
FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Source: Metro Sport

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Proposed Trade Sends Chiefs’ 6-Year NFL Veteran to Cowboys

Photo by Dave Kaup/Getty Images The Kansas City Chiefs are saying goodbye…

Trevoh Chalobah deletes Declan Rice tweet after backlash from Chelsea fans

Trevoh Chalobah was targeted by some Chelsea supporters after he praised Declan…

Christian Eriksen smashes home a pinpoint free-kick after Euro 2020 cardiac arrest

Christian Eriksen has been continuing his work on the training pitch and…

Jets Snag 6-Foot-6 Behemoth off Waivers After George Fant Injury

Getty New York Jets left tackle George Fant could miss the final…