Eric Garcia has tested positive for coronavirus, Man City have confirmed.
Pep Guardiola has confirmed he will be without FIVE first-team players due to positive coronavirus tests ahead of Sunday’s clash with Chelsea.
A Man City statement read: “Manchester City FC can confirm that Eric Garcia and one member of staff have tested positive for COVID-19.
“Both personnel will now observe a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine.
“Everyone at the Club wishes our colleagues a speedy recovery ahead of their return to work, training and competition.”
Man City’s Premier League clash with Everton was postponed six days ago due to a coronavirus outbreak in the Citizens’ camp.
Confirming City’s absentees in his pre-Chelsea press conference, Guardiola said: “It was four people – [including] two players – the first time and then three more.”
Garcia, Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker are the known players with coronavirus, while the other two remain anonymous for now.
Meanwhile, City goalkeeper Ederson confirmed he was self-isolating on New Year’s Eve at home with his wife.
City are also conducting an internal investigation on Benjamin Mendy’s decision to break COVID-19 isolation rules by hosting a New Year’s Eve party.
A City spokesperson said:
“The club is aware of a New Year’s Eve Covid-19 breach involving Benjamin Mendy and the subsequent media reporting of it.
“While it is understood that elements of this incident have been misinterpreted in the reports, and that the player has publicly apologised for his error, the club is disappointed to learn of the transgression and will be conducting an internal investigation.”