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Manchester City's game against Everton is postponed due to numerous new positive Covid-19 cases


Everton v Man City postponed after FIVE positive Covid tests shut down Premier League club following Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker's cases … and Chelsea trip is also at risk

  • Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus have both previously tested positive for Covid-19
  • Coronavirus has spread and now several members of the team have the disease
  • The game against Everton on Monday evening has now been canceled
  • Five positive tests led to the Premier League's decision to postpone the game
  • Next Sunday's big game against Chelsea could now also be threatened

The clash with Everton on Monday night in Manchester City was postponed after five members of the Pep Guardiola team tested positive for coronavirus.

The news comes after Kyle Walker, Gabriel Jesus and two city officials returned positive tests and missed Boxing Day victory against Newcastle.

The virus has now spread through the City's bubble, meaning the game against soaring Everton at Goodison Park on Monday will no longer take place and Sunday's big game against Chelsea is also at risk.

Gabriel Jesus was among those Manchester City players who previously tested positive

Kyle Walker is currently isolated and missed the Premier League game against Newcastle

Kyle Walker is currently isolated and missed the Premier League game against Newcastle

The game was supposed to be at 8:00 p.m. so the postponement comes late in the day.

A Premier League statement said: "Manchester City's game at Everton, due to take place at 8pm tonight, has been postponed after a Premier League board meeting."

& # 39; Manchester City filed a game reorganization request with the Premier League today after the positive COVID-19 test results the club received this morning rose on top of the cases reported on Christmas Day.

& # 39; This surge has created uncertainty and the Premier League Board received medical advice that the game should be postponed. As a precaution, the board agreed to a reorganization of the game. More tests will now take place tomorrow.

Pep Guardiola's side will wait for the scheduled date and the Chelsea game is in jeopardy

Pep Guardiola's side will wait for the scheduled date and the Chelsea game is in jeopardy

& # 39; The decision was made with the health of the players and staff as a priority.

& # 39; The Premier League continues to have full confidence in its protocols and rules and in the way all clubs implement them.

"The League wishes those with COVID-19 a safe and speedy recovery and will rearrange the postponed game against Everton in due course."

It was a highly anticipated encounter between City and Everton, who got off to a strong start to the season and sat in second place behind Liverpool.

City beat Newcastle on Boxing Day without Jesus and Walker isolating themselves

City beat Newcastle on Boxing Day without Jesus and Walker isolating themselves

Pep Guardiola's team are currently sixth in the Premier League after 14 games

Pep Guardiola's team are currently sixth in the Premier League after 14 games

Jesus, Walker, and the two coworkers who previously tested positive have been in self-isolation since being discovered they have Covid-19.

They must be quarantined for 10 days as per government guidelines, as must the latest players to contract the disease.

City also released a statement that read: & # 39; After the final round of Covid-19 testing, the club returned a number of positive cases in addition to the four cases already reported on Christmas Day.

& # 39; As the safety of the bladder was compromised, there was a risk the virus could spread further through the team, staff, and possibly beyond.

& # 39; Due to strong medical advice, the Premier League, in consultation with both clubs, has decided to postpone the game.

Guardiola will be concerned about the health and fitness implications of his players

Guardiola will be concerned about the health and fitness implications of his players

& # 39; All positive cases involving players and staff will be given a period of self-isolation as per the Premier League and UK government quarantine protocol. City Football Academy's first team training ground will be closed indefinitely, with the squad and associated bladder tested before a decision to resume training is made.

"Everyone at the club wishes all colleagues a speedy recovery before returning to work, training and competition."

The rearranged game will cause Guardiola to worry given the number of games already played over the busy Christmas season.

The manager will also be concerned about whether the coronavirus is affecting the health and fitness of the players who caught it.

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