Manchester City to face Swindon despite 21 positive tests

Manchester City will play their FA Cup tie despite having 14 staff members and seven first-team players isolated after Covid-19 tests

The reigning Premier League champions had confirmed via an official statement that management duo Pep Guardiola and Juanma Lillo had both tested positive for Covid-19, just over 24 hours prior to the trip to face Swindon Town side on Friday.

However, the Citizens will not request to postpone FA Cup match at the County Ground.

Following the fixture with Swindon, Guardiola’s side will face Champions League winners Chelsea in the Premier League at the Etihad on Saturday, January 15.

The Sky Blues are seeking to win the FA Cup for only the second time under Pep Guardiola, after lifting the trophy in the 2018/2019 campaign that saw the club take home all four trophies available in English football.

“Pep Guardiola will miss tomorrow evening’s FA Cup trip to Swindon Town after testing positive for Covid-19.”

“The City manager recorded a positive test on Tuesday along with assistant Juanma Lillo. Both are now isolating, along with a number of other positive cases within the City first team bubble.”

“This brings the number of those isolating for Covid related reasons amongst the group to 21. Of that number, 14 are backroom staff and seven are first-team players. Assistant coach Rodolfo Borrell will take charge of the team for the trip to Swindon,” a club statement from Man City on Thursday afternoon read.

The disruption at City, which has also affected the youth squad, could sweeten League Two side’s chances of pulling off an upset.

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