Manchester City’s Covid crisis worsens as Eric Garcia – the SIXTH player – and another staff member test positive… but Spanish defender was set to miss Premier League trip to Chelsea through injury anywayEric Garcia has become the sixth Man City player to test positive for CovidBut defender was sidelined through injury so game at Chelsea will proceedA Covid outbreak in the City camp played havoc with Pep Guardiola’s plansTheir Premier League fixture away to Everton last week was postponed Another member of City’s staff has tested positive and will go into self-isolation 

Manchester City defender Eric Garcia has tested positive for Covid-19, meaning six players at the club are now self-isolating with coronavirus.

The club announced another member of staff has also tested positive.

However, their Premier League fixture at Chelsea on Sunday afternoon is set to go ahead as Garcia was ruled out injured anyway.   

Eric Garcia has become the sixth Manchester City player to test positive for coronavirus 

Pep Guardiola’s plans have been disrupted by a spate of positive Covid-19 results in his squad

A Manchester 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.’

Pep Guardiola’s plans for the festive fixtures have been disrupted by a Covid outbreak within the club that forced the postponement of their Premier League fixture at Everton.

Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus were the first two players to return positive tests followed by three more within the squad ahead of the trip to Goodison Park.

Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus returned positive tests on Christmas Day and three more are out

City will be without five players for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Stamford Bridge – not including Garcia who was injured anyway 

City’s training ground was closed for a deep clean as a result and more rounds of testing carried out.

No new positive cases from Tuesday’s tests allowed a return to training on Wednesday afternoon and the Chelsea game to go ahead.

Subsequent testing showed a positive for Garcia but he was sidelined anyway and wouldn’t have made the squad for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

The players and staff members in question have gone into self-isolation with further tests planned for Monday ahead of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.  

This is the third City staff member to test positive, meaning at least nine within the club have the virus.  

Four Premier League fixtures have been postponed as a result of Covid outbreaks so far this season. Newcastle United called off their trip to Aston Villa last month after a spate of positives within their squad and staff.

City’s game at Everton was the second and an outbreak at Fulham this week saw the postponement of their visits to Tottenham and Burnley. 

Despite the absentees, Guardiola still expects a strong showing against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

Guardiola said: ‘We have a good enough squad to go there and try to compete against a tough opponent in Chelsea.

‘We know how it is and we are going there to play our game, with enthusiasm and good will to try to get a result and do a good performance.’

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