| December 28, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
December 28, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
MANCHESTER, England – A growing coronavirus outbreak in Manchester City has postponed Monday’s Premier League match at Everton, forcing the team to close its training ground.
Pep Guardiola’s team announced on Friday that striker Gabriel Jesus and defender Kyle Walker, along with two staff members, had tested positive for the Covid-19. City were able to play Newcastle on Saturday.
But just hours before the kickoff at Goodison Park on Monday, City announced that the latest round of coronavirus tests had created “several” new positives.
“After compromising the security of the bubbles, there is a risk that the virus could spread further within the squad, personnel and potentially beyond these forces,” the city said in a statement. “The Premier League has decided to suspend the status quo in consultation with both clubs on the basis of strong medical advice.”
It comes amid concerns about an alternative variant of COVID-19 in England.
“The City Football Academy’s first-team training ground will be closed indefinitely, with the squad and related bubbles running tests before making any decisions before resuming training,” City said.
The Premier League said more tests would be held in City on Tuesday.
City’s trip to Everton is the second Premier League match of the season, which was canceled due to a coronavirus case at the end of Newcastle’s game against Aston Villa earlier this month.
“We continue to have full confidence in the protocol and rules of the Premier League and the way all clubs are implementing them,” the league said.