Manchester City duo, Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for COVID-19.
City announced that both players have been forced to self-isolate for the next two weeks, in a statement on their official website yesterday, which read that “Manchester City FC can confirm that Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for COVID-19”.
“Both players are currently observing a period of self-isolation in accordance with the Premier League and UK government protocol on quarantine. Neither is displaying symptoms of the virus”.
“Everyone at the club wishes Riyad and Aymeric a speedy recovery ahead of their return to training and the new season.”
Pep Guardiola will welcome Laporte and Mahrez back into his squad before City’s 2020-21 season opener against Wolves on September 21, but their participation could be in doubt due to a potential lack of match fitness”.
A large number of City’s senior stars are due to make their way back to Etihad Stadium later in the week after the international break, including England stars, Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker and Phil Foden.
Assistant manager Juan Manuel Lillo will oversee the pre-season preparations in Guardiola’s absence, as the Blues look to bounce back from a disappointing 2019-20 campaign.
City finished 18 points behind eventual champions Liverpool in the Premier League that was lost to Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-finals and suffered an early exit during the Champions League in the hands of Lyon.