Man City’s Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus test positive for Coronavirus


Manchester City stars Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker will miss the Christmas schedule after both testing positive for Covid-19, with the Premier League club confirming the pair will now self-isolate.

City also added that two members of staff also contracted the virus.

After both playing in City’s thumping 4-1 Carabao Cup victory over Arsenal on Tuesday, to set up a January meeting with Manchester United in the semi-final, Pep Guardiola will be without two key players against Newcastle in the evening kick-off on Boxing Day.

The need to self-isolate will also likely rule the pair out of City’s games against Everton on 28 December as well as Chelsea on 3 January.

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A club statement said: “Manchester City FC can confirm that Gabriel Jesus, Kyle Walker, and two members of staff have tested positive for COVID-19.

“All four personnel will now observe a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine.

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“Everyone at the Club wishes our colleagues a speedy recovery over the Christmas period ahead of their return to work, training and competition.”

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Under Premier League regulations, players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days.

That is likely to rule Jesus and Walker out of trips to Everton and Chelsea, as well as the Newcastle clash.

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