Manchester City confirm THREE new coronavirus cases

Manchester City confirm THREE new coronavirus cases, hours before they play Manchester United, with Scott Carson and Cole Palmer joining six other players in testing positive

Manchester City have confirmed Scott Carson, Cole Palmer and one staff member have tested positive for coronavirus. 

The new cases demonstrated the worsening status of the Covid-19 crisis at the club, with the veteran goalkeeper, young midfielder and member of staff joining the six who have already contracted the virus. 

The news comes after just a few hours before Pep Guardiola’s men take on city rivals Manchester United in the Carabao Cup semi-finals, and a day after the latest Covid figures released on Monday showed cases across the Premier League doubled with a new record of 40 new positive tests. 

Scott Carson (left) and Cole Palmer are among three new Covid cases at Manchester City

The news comes as a further blow to City boss Pep Guardiola ahead of his side’s League Cup semi-final against Manchester United

A club statement said: ‘Manchester City FC can confirm that Scott Carson, Cole Palmer and one member of staff have tested positive for COVID-19. 

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

‘Everyone at the Club wishes Scott, Cole and all of our other colleagues a speedy recovery ahead of their return to work, training and competition.’ 

City saw their festive period severely disrupted by a Covid outbreak in the squad, which led to their Premier League fixture at Everton being postponed.

Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus were the first two players to return positive tests followed by three more within the squad ahead of the trip to Goodison Park.

City’s training ground was closed for a deep clean as a result and more rounds of testing carried out. 

Testing following the victory at Chelsea at the weekend showed a positive for centre-back Eric Garcia, but the Spaniard was sidelined anyway and wouldn’t have made the squad for the trip to Stamford Bridge. 

Four Premier League fixtures have been postponed as a result of Covid outbreaks so far this season. Newcastle United called off their trip to Aston Villa last month after a spate of positives within their squad and staff.

City’s game at Everton was the second and an outbreak at Fulham this week saw the postponement of their visits to Tottenham and Burnley.

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