Manchester City stars Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus and two members of club backroom staff test positive for Coronavirus and will miss the game against Newcastle on Boxing Day
- Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus have both tested positive for Covid-19
- Two members of Manchester City’s backroom have also tested positive
- The players will be forced to self-isolate for 10 days and will miss key games
- Manchester City are due to play against Newcastle on Boxing Day
Two members of the club’s backroom staff have also tested positive.
An official statement read: ‘All four personnel will now observe a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine.
Manchester City duo Kyle Walker (left) and Gabriel Jesus (right) have tested positive for coronavirus
MAN CITY’S UPCOMNG FIXTURES
26/12 – Newcastle (home)
28/12 – Everton (away)
03/01 – Chelsea (away)
06/01 – Manchester United (away – Carabao Cup semi final)
‘Everyone at the Club wishes our colleagues a speedy recovery over the Christmas period ahead of their return to work, training and competition’.
Walker and Jesus both featured in City’s 4-1 Carabao Cup quarter-final win over Arsenal on Tuesday.
Jesus started the game against Arsenal and opened the scoring after just three minutes.
Walker came on as a substitute later on in the game, in the 77th minute.
Pep Guardiola’s side are due to play against Newcastle at home on Boxing Day tomorrow, a game they will miss.
Premier League rules state that players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days, until January 4.
That would rule both men out of City’s upcoming fixtures against Everton and Chelsea, as well as the game against Newcastle.
Gabriel Jesus started for Manchester City and opened the scoring in the 4-1 win over Arsenal on Tuesday
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola faces a headache without two key players in his team
The news that he could be without two key players for the busy festive period will come as a major headache for manager Pep Guardiola, who has seen his side struggle in front of goal recently so had come to rely on Jesus in particular.
The latest Premier League testing results saw the Premier League confirm seven positive tests for the period between Monday 14 December and Sunday 20 December.
The rise of a new strain of coronavirus has caused concern among the powers that be in the Premier League, and Sportsmail reported this week that clubs in Tier 4 areas will be subject to twice-weekly testing, having previously only been tested once a week.
Ipswich Town have seen an outbreak of coronavirus among their squad and backroom staff
Deaths in the UK rose by 574 on Christmas Eve, taking the nationwide total to 69,625.
The increase in deaths and positive test results has caused concern among those in the world of football, with some calling for a break to the game similar to the one seen in March during the initial wave of the pandemic.
Newcastle stars Jamaal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin suffer from long Covid and are struggling to WALK
Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin have suffered from ‘long-term Covid’ following the club’s mass outbreak.
Newcastle players Jamaal Lascelles (left) and Allan Saint-Maximin (right) last month
Speaking last Friday about the players before they were named, manager Steve Bruce said: ‘My thoughts are with the two players, and the welfare of them.
‘It’s frightening when you think they are young and fit and absolutely supreme athletes. If anybody needs reminding of how serious this is, then we have witnessed it.
‘We’ve had vomiting, sores, mouth ulcers, no smell, no taste, but the big thing, and which is worrying, is the welfare of one or two of them. It’s not great at all.
‘That long-term Covid is something which you wouldn’t think possible in young, fit athletes. Unfortunately, it is so.
‘They go for a walk for half an hour and then they want to go back to bed.. It’s as brutal as that.’
Ipswich Town were particularly hard hit by Covid-19 and saw their manager, Paul Lambert, test positive along with five players and general manager Lee O’Niell.
The outbreak prompted club physio Matt Byard to urge authorities to consider a ‘circuit breaker’ postponement to halt the spread.
He said: ‘I know the EFL are looking at bringing in extra measures, with maybe more testing for example. I have always supported routine testing to secure a return to playing programme.
‘Personally, with so many clubs affected by this presently and this new strain development, football may benefit from a ‘circuit breaker’ before a return to playing securely.’