Manchester City’s game against Everton at Goodison Park tonight has been postponed after five members of Pep Guardiola’s squad tested positive for coronavirus.
Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus missed City’s Carabao Cup quarter-final win against Arsenal after testing positive for the virus and the club hoped that they had contained the spread.
However, tonight’s game was dependent on results to tests that were carried out on Sunday and it’s been discovered that five members of the club have tested positive.
It’s unclear whether the positive results are all from the playing squad or members of Guardiola’s backroom staff.
City are already playing catch-up in the Premier League having started their campaign later than most other sides.
Everton confirmed the news on their social media channels shortly after 4pm.
‘Following a Premier League Board Meeting this afternoon, Everton Football Club has been informed that tonight’s fixture against Manchester City has been postponed on medical grounds due to an increase in cases of COVID-19 in the Manchester City squad,’ a statement read.
‘Supporters who were successful in getting match tickets through the Club’s ballot for the fixture are advised not to travel to the stadium.
‘An alternative date and kick off time has yet to be decided but will be confirmed on evertonfc.com as soon as possible.’
Newcastle United’s fixture with Aston Villa in early December became the first fixture this season to be postponed after an outbreak at the Magpies’ training ground and Steve Bruce admits two players are now suffering from ‘long Covid’.
City face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on January 3rd, before a Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester United three days later.
Those who have tested positive will have to self-isolate for at least seven days, calling into question their participation for the rest of the festive period.
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