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Man City's Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte test positive for coronavirus


Manchester City couple Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte test POSITIVE for coronavirus just five days before the Premier League restart as the duo become the youngest player to receive COVID-19

  • Both Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte will go through a phase of self-isolation
  • None of the Manchester City players are showing symptoms of the virus
  • The new Premier League season starts this weekend on September 12th
  • However, Pep Guardiola's team won't play the Wolves until September 21st

Manchester City has confirmed that Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for coronavirus.

Both players will now go through a period of self-isolation and the club has confirmed that neither player is showing symptoms of the virus.

Although the Premier League returns this Saturday, Pep Guardiola's team will not play their first game until September 21, when they travel to Molineux to face the Wolves as they are involved in the final stages of the Champions League in August .

The couple's involvement in this clash is now in doubt.

Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte from Manchester City tested positive for coronavirus

The two positive tests will worry manager Pep Guardiola ahead of the new season

The two positive tests will worry manager Pep Guardiola ahead of the new season

However, the positive tests will generally keep the Premier League busy. The new season starts in five days.

City said in a statement: & # 39; Manchester City FC can confirm that Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for Covid-19.

& # 39; Both players are currently observing a period of self-isolation under the Premier League and UK government quarantine protocol. No symptoms of the virus are displayed either.

The couple will experience a period of self-isolation, with City's first game in two weeks

The couple will experience a period of self-isolation, with City's first game in two weeks

"Everyone at the club wishes Riyad and Aymeric a speedy recovery before their return to training and the new season."

Mahrez (29) and Laporte (26) are not the first professional footballers to have tested positive for the virus in recent weeks.

PSG star Neymar signed COVID-19 after a vacation in Ibiza last week, as did teammates Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes.

Neymar (bottom right) tested positive for coronavirus after a recent vacation in Ibiza

Neymar (bottom right) tested positive for coronavirus after a recent vacation in Ibiza

Angel Di Maria (center) and Leandro Paredes (2nd from left) were also on vacation in Ibiza

Angel Di Maria (center) and Leandro Paredes (2nd from left) were also on vacation in Ibiza

Manchester United star Paul Pogba tested positive for coronavirus along with Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele when he met with France on an international assignment.

Chelsea was rocked by a multitude of their stars two weeks ago who contracted the virus. Six players tested positive.

Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Fikayo Tomori were isolated after a break in Mykynos, Greece. Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Emerson and Michy Batshuayi have also stayed away from the Cobham training base in Chelsea, although it is not known which six players tested positive.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba is another high profile player who tested positive for coronavirus

Manchester United's Paul Pogba is another high profile player who tested positive for coronavirus

Chelsea players Christian Pulisic (left), Tammy Abraham (center) and Fikayo Tomori (right) have been isolated after a break at Mykynos, Greece

Chelsea players Christian Pulisic (left), Tammy Abraham (center) and Fikayo Tomori (right) have been isolated after a break at Mykynos, Greece

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Wolves winger Adama Traore tested positive before joining his Spanish international team-mates last Tuesday.

A total of 14 positive tests were recorded by the 12 Premier League clubs that returned to training three weeks before the new season.

Fulham host Arsenal in their first game of the new season. The kick-off will take place on Saturday at 12.30 p.m.

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