Manchester City’s Premier League game at Everton tonight has been postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak within the city squad.
It is the second Premier League game this season to be called off due to a coronavirus outbreak, following Aston Villa vs Newcastle earlier this month.
Several EFL games over the holiday season have also been postponed due to outbreaks.
On Christmas Day, Manchester City announced that Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker had tested positive for the coronavirus, as well as two club staff. The club have now closed their first team training ground.
A statement from Manchester City said: ‘After the latest round of Covid-19 tests, the club have returned a number of positive cases, in addition to the four already reported on Christmas Day.
“With the security of the bubble compromised, there was a risk that the virus would spread further among the team, staff and potentially beyond.
“On the basis of sound medical advice, the Premier League, in consultation with both clubs, decided to postpone the game.
“All positive cases involving players and staff will observe a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK government quarantine protocol. City Football’s first team training ground Academy will be closed indefinitely, with the team and associated bubble undergo testing before any decision is made to resume training.
“Everyone at the club wishes all of our colleagues a speedy recovery before they return to work, training and competition.”
City beat Newcastle 2-0 in their Boxing Day game.
Everton’s victory at Goodison Park would have put them level on points at the top of the Premier League table with rivals Liverpool city.
Manchester City could have entered the top four with a win. They are next due to kick in at Chelsea on Sunday.
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