Pep Guardiola will have to go without strike and defender during the holidays after a positive test on COVID-19
Manchester City revealed on Christmas that Gabriel Jesus, Kyle Walker and two other staff members were positive for coronavirus.
Striker Jesus scored an early opening goal in the Carabao Cup quarter-final win 4-1 at Arsenal on Tuesday, while defender Walker enrolled in substitution as Manchester City continued to dominate the competition, winning three consecutive seasons and five of the last seven.
The duo will miss the Premier League match on Boxing Day with Newcastle United as they isolate themselves after contracting COVID-19.
The city faces Everton two days after Newcastle’s visit to the Etihad, as the club then continues the hectic holiday period with a trip to Chelsea on January 3rd.
After that, Pep Guardiola’s team will watch ahead of Manchester United in a stunning EFL Cup semi-final derby derby at Old Trafford on January 6th.
City said in a statement: “FC Manchester City can confirm that Gabriel Jesus, Kyle Walker and two staff members are positive on COVID-19.
“All four staff will now observe a period of self-isolation in line with the Premier League and the UK Government’s quarantine protocol.
“Everyone at the club wishes our colleagues a speedy recovery during the Christmas period before returning to work, training and competition.”
Jesus has been crucial to Manchester City this season as fellow striker Sergio Aguero has struggled with injury problems.
Aguero, who recently returned to the first team, asked for “a little time” as he seems to be returning to his best condition after knee surgery.
The Brazilian played 11 times in all competitions, scoring a total of four goals, and two of those finals came in the Premier League.
Walker, meanwhile, has appeared 18 times in all competitions for Manchester City, appearing in 12 of the club’s 13 league games this campaign.
Manchester City currently occupies eighth place in the table, but has a game in each of the top seven, except third-placed Manchester United.
Guardiola’s team is currently eight points behind leader Liverpool, which hosts West Brom on Sunday, as well as three points behind fourth-placed Everton, which is at the level of Man Utd with 26 points after playing an extra game.