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Pep Guardiola and 21 people in Manchester City have tested positive for COVID-19.

PEP GUARDIOLA has test­ed pos­i­tive for Covid and will miss the FA Cup game on Fri­day night in Swin­don after a mas­sive out­break of 21 peo­ple in Man City.

are among 21 cas­es at the Eti­had — sev­en of those affect­ed are seen as play­ers who could have played against the League Two team.

How­ev­er, as it stands, City are keen for the pro­gram to con­tin­ue and are not cur­rent­ly con­sid­er­ing request­ing a postponement.

At City, coach Rodol­fo Bor­rell will per­form media duties on Thurs­day after­noon to pre­view the game and take charge of the squad.

Guardi­o­la was scared ahead of the clash with New­cas­tle on Decem­ber 19 when his test came back as “incon­clu­sive”.

He then per­formed a PCR test which came out neg­a­tive and was there­fore able to take charge of the team in the com­fort­able vic­to­ry at St James’ Park.

How­ev­er, he test­ed pos­i­tive on Tues­day and will be away from the Eti­had cam­pus until the mid­dle of next week.

City will be hope­ful this won’t affect their prepa­ra­tions for Pre­m’s tight­en­ing against Chelsea at the Eti­had next Saturday.

Guardi­o­la con­firmed on New Years Day that mid­field­er Phil Foden test­ed pos­i­tive ahead of his Arse­nal win — while Kyle Walk­er was also affected.

He said: “We have had many cas­es of Covid and many injuries. At Arse­nal we were incred­i­bly tired.

A city state­ment this Thurs­day at noon said: “Pep Guardi­o­la will miss tomor­row night’s FA Cup trip to Swin­don Town after test­ing pos­i­tive for Covid-19.

“The City man­ag­er test­ed pos­i­tive on Tues­day with assis­tant Juan­ma Lillo.

“The two are now iso­lat­ed, along with a num­ber of oth­er pos­i­tive cas­es with­in City’s first team bubble.

“This brings to 21 the num­ber of peo­ple iso­lat­ed for rea­sons relat­ed to Covid with­in the group.

“Of those, 14 are back­stage staff and sev­en are first team play­ers. Assis­tant coach Rodol­fo Bor­rell will take charge of the team for the trip to Swindon.”

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