Guardiola’s side were due to travel to Goodison Park for Monday evening’s fixture with Carlo Ancelotti’s in-form Everton but the club released a statement to confirm that the game has been nixed just hours before the game was due to kick off. 

The identities of the players or staff have not yet been revealed, but the club confirmed the outbreak and the cancelation of the game in a statement released late Monday afternoon.

Manchester City FC can confirm that this evening’s Premier League fixture at Everton has been postponed,” the statement reads.

After the latest round of Covid-19 testing, the club returned a number of positive cases, in addition to the four already reported on Christmas Day.

With the security of the bubble compromised, there posed a risk that the virus could spread further amongst the squad, the staff and potentially beyond.

Based on strong medical advice the Premier League, in consultation with both clubs, have decided to postpone the fixture.

All positive cases involving players and staff will observe a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine.

The first team training ground at City Football Academy will close for an indeterminate period, with the squad and associated bubble undergoing testing before any decision is made for training to resume.

Everyone at the Club wishes all of our colleagues a speedy recovery ahead of their return to work, training and competition.”

News of the outbreak within the Manchester City ranks comes just days after it was confirmed that Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker, as well as two staff members, had tested positive for Covid-19 in advance of City’s last game against Newcastle – news which prompted City boss Pep Guardiola to state that the club must be “careful” during their recovery.

Covid is here,” Guardiola said. “It is not just here in Man City, it is all around the world attacking hard so that’s why we have to be careful and what we want is the next days is for them not to have symptoms and recover.”

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