Leaders Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola revealed, on Friday, new cases of Covid-19 in the club after the outbreak of the virus last week, as he prepares to face Chelsea, second-placed in the English Premier League, on Saturday.
Guardiola missed the 4-1 victory over Swindon Town on January 7 in the FA Cup third round after contracting Corona, but he did not specify whether the new cases were among players or members of the technical staff, nor did he mention their number.
Earlier this month, City confirmed that Guardiola and his assistant Juanma Liu were among the seven injured in the first team and 14 support staff who had been subjected to self-isolation for reasons related to Covid-19.
“We have some new cases that I can’t reveal for privacy reasons,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday, adding that some players who missed the Swindon match will also not be able to play again because their tests are still positive.
He added: We faced Aston Villa with 11 players from the first team. In the last six or seven games there were four or five players from the academy on the field. We are in the same situation as a lot of other clubs.