Pep Guardiola will miss City’s FA Cup tie against Swindon due to a Covid outbreak.
MANCHESTER CITY is the most recent club to be hit by a Covid-19 problem.
Manchester City’s playing and backroom staff have been hit by a major Covid-19 outbreak.
Twenty-one members of the first-team squad, including seven players, are thought to be isolating.
Pep Guardiola, the team’s manager, will be absent for Friday’s FA Cup third-round match against Swindon.
During this week’s Covid controversy, the Sky Blues took a back seat while Liverpool’s match against Arsenal was postponed.
Tottenham’s trip to Stamford Bridge went ahead on Wednesday night, despite Thomas Tuchel’s team being short-handed.
Pep Guardiola and his team have escaped the clutches of a series of Covid outbreaks that have afflicted Premier League clubs in recent weeks.
But it appears that their bad luck has finally caught up with them, as the club has confirmed that the squad has been hit by a major outbreak.
After an initial £40 million bid for Diego Carlos was rejected, Newcastle is planning a ‘fresh’ approach.
Guardiola’s assistant Juanma Lillo and himself have both tested positive, which means they will miss Friday’s match against Swindon Town.
Both have been isolated, as have a number of other members of the City first team.
For Covid reasons, 21 members of the first-team group are now isolated, including 14 members of the backroom staff and seven players.
In the absence of the two, assistant coach Rodolfo Borrell will lead the team into the match on Friday.
Given that City will enter the match with a depleted playing squad and a makeshift touchline arrangement, Swindon Town may fancy their chances of pulling off an upset.
The Robins are currently in fifth place in League Two, three divisions below City, who are blazing a trail in the Premier League.
The Sky Blues haven’t been knocked out in the third round since 201112, when they were eliminated by arch-rivals Manchester United.
With Guardiola’s team out of the EFL Cup, a deep run in the FA Cup is likely to be prioritized.
Riyad Mahrez has already left for the Africa Cup of Nations, leaving City thin on the ground.
With a knock, John Stones is likely to miss out, while Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko are doubts due to Covid.
Third-round ties are, in fact, a thing of the past.
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