By Abba Gwale

Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola, has confirmed that the club will have five players unavailable for Sunday’s Premier League game at Chelsea following positive coronavirus tests.

City’s game at Everton on Monday was postponed at short notice after three more players tested positive for Covid-19 following the positive tests returned by Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus on Christmas Day.

The latest results bring the total number of first-team personnel at the club isolating to seven, including two other staff members.

“It was four people – (including) two players – the first time and then three more,” Guardiola said.

He added that the club were not yet in a position to reveal the identities of the three latest players to test positive.

“We have to respect the privacy of the players maybe. You will see the line-ups and three important players not there, so you will know exactly but I’m not allowed to tell you,” he concluded.

Guardiola insisted City had enough players available to play at Everton but, with news of the positive tests only coming through late in the day, there was little alternative but to call off the game.

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