Pep Guardiola has revealed he will be without five members of his Manchester City squad for Sunday’s Premier League game at Chelsea following an outbreak of Covid-19 at the club (Chelsea 21/10, draw 13/5, City 5/4 – Match Betting).
City were forced to postpone their game against Everton on Monday just hours ahead of kickoff over fears of spreading the virus after an increase in positive cases at the club.
Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker had initially tested positive for Covid-19, forcing them to miss the Boxing Day win over Newcastle, and the duo look set to be absent when City head to Chelsea.
Guardiola has also confirmed three other players will miss the game at Stamford Bridge with goalkeeper Ederson thought to be amongst that group after he revealed on his Instagram page that he was isolating.
When asked who would be missing from his travelling party, Guardiola told Sky Sports: “Five right now. Five players are isolating for 10 days. The first cases that were released it was two players and three more the second time.
“I don’t think the Premier League allow us to name the players. We have to respect the privacy of the players maybe. You will see the line-ups and three important players not there, so you will know exactly but I’m not allowed to tell you.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has also revealed that also they have a few Covid-19 concerns but that they expect the game to go ahead, which will be a boost to City, who now face a backlog of games after the Everton postponement.
City are due to play nine games in 28 days in January but rather than worry about the schedule, Guardiola says it is a necessary evil for a side challenging for silverware (City 13/8 Premier League Outright).
“It is what it is. When you win a lot of titles – four in one season – you play a lot of games,” he added.