EPL: Blowing for Man City as Jesus, Walker test positive on COVID-19

Two Manchester City players, Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus, were both positive for coronavirus, the club confirmed on Friday.

Two members of the club’s staff also tested positive, but the club decided not to reveal their identities.

Defender Walker and striker Jesus will now miss their Premier League games against Newcastle, Everton and Chelsea.

The duo will likely return to City’s Carabao Cup semifinals against Manchester United on January 6th.

“All four staff will now observe a period of self-isolation in accordance with the Premier League and the UK government’s quarantine protocol,” City said in a statement issued Friday morning.

“Everyone at the club wishes our colleagues a speedy recovery during the Christmas period ahead of their return to work, training and competition.”

Positive tests come when the UK experiences a sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, with 39,036 confirmed on Thursday marking the second highest daily total since the pandemic began.