Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City coach, announced today, Friday, the absence of 5 players in the team from Chelsea’s next Premier League match, due to their infection with Coronavirus.
Due to the increase in infections among players and crew members in City, the club had to apply to the Premier League, to postpone its match at Everton Stadium on Monday, and the training ground was closed as a precaution.
Last week, the club stated that striker Gabriel Jesus and defender Kyle Walker had contracted the Coronavirus, but Guardiola refused to disclose the names of the “three other prominent players” who will be absent from Sunday’s match.
“The Premier League does not allow us to reveal the names, but you will know tomorrow,” Guardiola told reporters.
He added, “We had enough players to face Everton and we wanted to play the game, but on the day of the match, with more cases emerging, we informed the Premier League and I spoke personally on the phone to (Everton coach) Carlo Ancelotti to explain the situation.”
He continued, “A day ago, we made contacts to find out the expected possibilities and the risks’ size … But now the training ground has been completely cleared, and we hope that all the following tests will come out negative for everyone.”
City returned to training on Wednesday, after a thorough cleaning of the training ground.
Chelsea coach Frank Lampard also revealed two positive cases at the club, but said that the infected duo were not among the players.