Pep Guardiola says his team have been hit by new COVID cases ahead of our home game against Chelsea.
The City boss, who has just returned from self-isolation, was asked if the reported outbreak from the last few weeks had improved and if he wanted more players available for Saturday’s match.
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But he says that while some are back in training, others are likely to be ruled out with the virus.
“No, some people are coming, some people are positive again,” Guardiola said.
“When you test twice negative, you come back, otherwise you stay home and isolate yourself, which happens at all [Premier League] clubs within the last three months.
“We have some new cases, yes, but we want privacy, I can not tell you that [who is out].
“Unfortunately, we are used to dealing with this situation for a long time. It has been happening for a year or two.
“We are adapting and hopefully the cases will be dealt with and the players will be back in good shape.
“I think COVID is everywhere in the world. It’s not like there’s no COVID in this part of the world. That’s not true.
“We had a lot of cases and a lot of injuries. We played Aston Villa with 11 first-team players.
“The last four or five games we have played with academy players on the bench. We are in the same situation as all other clubs.
“Injuries can be fewer because our medical department is incredible. But in terms of COVID, we are the same.
“It’s not that we’re smarter or smarter or making the protocols better. When the virus gets into the bubble, everyone suffers. There is no exception.”
It’s a football party of City action on Saturday, January 15th!
City fans can enjoy FOUR matches in one day with our men’s, women’s Elite Development Squad and U-18 teams, all in action through an exciting nine and a half hours of the beautiful match.
And you can follow the entire action live on our official Man City digital platforms.
Liverpool U18s against City U18s in PL U18. Kick off at 11:00 LIVE on CITY +
Aston Villa vs. City in WSL. Start at 12:30
City vs. Chelsea in the Premier League. Start at 12:30
City EDS vs. Manchester United U23s in PL2. Kick off at 19:30 LIVE on CITY +
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CITY + subscribers can see live coverage of our U18s trip to Liverpool at 11:00 (UK), as well as the Manchester Derby between our EDS and United’s U23s at. 19:30.
And keep an eye out for the highlights of our WSL game at Aston Villa.
Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders are visiting Chelsea and you will not want to miss a beat.
Text updates minute by minute start in our Matchday Center at. 10:30 (UK), while our Matchday Live show starts one hour before kick-off.
Presenter Natalie Pike will be joined in the studio by Shaun Goater and David James, who will provide the usual mix of analysis and entertainment before the game begins.
Our guests will also answer fans’ questions throughout the show and you can get involved by sending a WhatsApp to +447537186538.
They meet again at the break and share their thoughts on the first 45 minutes and again after the full-time whistle for an in-depth debrief, which will include the reaction of Pep Guardiola and a player.
During the game, you can enjoy live audio commentary in the Matchday Center, while Alistair Mann and Andy Morrison guide you through the 90 minutes.
And when the last whistle blows, the app is the best place to relive all the action.
Highlights from the game will be made available for free at. 17:45, and CITY + subscribers can watch the entire 90-minute replay of the game at midnight.
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