COVID-19 outbreak at Manchester City, Guardiola, 7 players hit

Pep Guardiola, left and next Juanma Lillo

Pep Guardiola, left and next Juanma Lillo

Manchester City have reported a major outbreak of COVID-19 among their team, with manager Pep Guardiola, his assistant Juanma Lillo and seven first team players affected.

Backroom staff who have tested positive are now 14.

But City expect their third round tie at League Two Swindon – scheduled for broadcast on ITV – to proceed.

Guardiola last weekend said both Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko had tested positive.

The pair are included in City’s list of seven players.

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A City statement read:

“Pep Guardiola will miss tomorrow evening’s FA Cup trip to Swindon Town after testing positive for Covid-19.

“The City manager recorded a positive test on Tuesday along with assistant Juanma Lillo. Both are now isolating, along with a number of other positive cases within the City first team bubble.

`’This brings the number of those isolating for Covid related reasons amongst the group to 21. Of that number, 14 are backroom staff and seven are first-team players.

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

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