Guardiola amid COVID outbreak at Man City

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A coronavirus outbreak at Manchester City has put manager Pep Guardiola and seven players in isolation while four Italian Serie A teams have been ordered into quarantine and were unable to play their scheduled matches.

City indicated that they still plan to play their FA Cup tie on Friday against Swindon with assistant coach Rodolfo Borrell stepping in after Guardiola tested positive.

The Premier League champions said on Thursday that Guardiola was among 14 backroom staff and seven first-team players "isolating for COVID-related reasons."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has also tested positive and will miss the team's FA Cup game this weekend against Huddersfield.

Burnley have played the fewest games in the Premier League after three of their matches were called off because of outbreaks in opponents' squads and another due to snow.

In Italy, at least four of the 10 Serie A matches scheduled for Thursday weren't played after local health authorities ordered teams into quarantine amid rising coronavirus cases.

Champions Inter Milan showed up at Bologna's Dall'Ara stadium, knowing their match wouldn't be played due to the host team having eight players test positive.

"There's a lot of confusion. We're dealing with abnormal situations," Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta said.

Inter's players warmed up for the game then retreated to the changing room and showered before the referee called off the match after 45 minutes of waiting for Bologna to show up.

Torino have six players positive plus two staff members, preventing them playing at Atalanta.

Udinese were due to play Fiorentina but have seven players positive along with two staff members.

Salernitana, due to host Venezia, have nine players and two staff members positive.

Thursday's matches marked the return of Serie A after a two-week break. Another full slate of 10 matches is scheduled for Sunday.

Meanwhile in France, Troyes said 13 players in their squad of 30 have tested positive for the virus and asked the French league to postpone Sunday's game at first-division rivals Montpellier.

The game between defending champions Lille and Lorient, scheduled for Saturday, was postponed because of a high number of positive tests in the Lorient squad.

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