5 City Players To Miss Chelsea Game Due To COVID-19

Brazil's Gabriel Jesus with Manchester City. Photo by Simon Dael/BPI/Shutterstock (10240368ep)

Manchester City is expected to be without five players during their match against Chelsea on Sunday. Stars Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker are among the players who were ruled out of the clash due to contracting COVID-19. Despite an apparent outbreak at the club, Sunday’s game is expected to go ahead as usual.

With two staff members also having tested positive for coronavirus, City is expected to order two more sets of tests ahead of Sunday’s game. In an interview, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola explained that the Premier League will not allow the club to disclose the names of all the players who tested positive. He did, however, state that spectators will realize who these players are when they see the final team sheets for the game.

In addition, Guardiola remarked that the canceled game against Everton on Monday was due to a virus outbreak. “We had enough players to play Everton, we wanted to play, but for the day of the game there were more cases and the virus was inside our center and we informed the Premier League”, he claimed.

Guardiola further explained that he called Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti, explaining that the team could play but that it would be a risk to travel on the bus. Eventually, the decision was made to call it off.