Pep Guardiola tests positive for Covid-19 in the middle of the Man City outbreak


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has tested positive for Covid-19 during an outburst at the club.

Citizens confirmed that there are now 21 positive cases among the players and staff at Etihad Stadium, including seven players and 13 members of Guardiola’s backroom team.

Assistant manager Juanma Lillo is also among those who have tested positive.

In a statement, City confirmed that Guardiola and Lillo would not be on the sidelines of Friday night’s third round of the FA Cup away against Swindon Town.

“Pep Guardiola will miss tonight’s FA Cup trip to Swindon Town after testing positive for Covid-19,” it said.

“The mayor registered a positive test on Tuesday together with assistant Juanma Lillo. Both are now isolating, along with a number of other positive cases within the city’s first team bubble.

“This leads to the number of isolated due to Covid-related reasons in the group to 21. Of that number, 14 are backroom staff and seven are a-team players.

“Assistant coach Rodolfo Borrell will take care of the team for the trip to Swindon.”

The city has not yet requested a postponement. If a team has at least 14 players available, including a goalkeeper, they are expected to complete the match.

Guardiola’s team is already without Riyad Mahrez, who has traveled to Cameroon to represent Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations.

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