Coronavirus cases at Manchester City force Everton match to be called off

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A rising coronavirus outbreak at Manchester City led to the postponement of Monday’s Premier League match at Everton and compelled the staff to shut its coaching floor.

Pep Guardiola’s staff had introduced on Friday that striker Gabriel Jesus and defender Kyle Walker had examined constructive for COVID-19 together with two employees members. City was in a position to play Newcastle on Saturday.

But hours earlier than kickoff was due at Goodison Park on Monday, City introduced that the newest spherical of coronavirus testing had produced “a number” of recent positives.

“With the security of the bubble compromised, there posed a risk that the virus could spread further amongst the squad, the staff and potentially beyond,” City stated in an announcement.

“Based on strong medical advice the Premier League, in consultation with both clubs, have decided to postpone the fixture. It comes amid concerns in England about the spread of a variant of COVID-19.”

“The first team training ground at City Football Academy will close for an indeterminate period, with the squad and associated bubble undergoing testing before any decision is made for training to resume,” City stated.

The Premier League stated additional testing would happen at City on Tuesday.

City’s journey to Everton is the second Premier League match this season to be called off due to the coronavirus cases after Newcastle’s recreation in opposition to Aston Villa at the beginning of the month.

“The Premier League continues to have full confidence in its protocols and rules, and the way in which all clubs are implementing them,” the league stated.

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