Virus costs Man City five for Chelsea trip

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the club will have five players unavailable for Sunday's Premier League game at Chelsea following positive coronavirus tests.

City's game at Everton on Monday was postponed at short notice after three more players tested positive for COVID-19 following the positive tests returned by Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus on Christmas Day.

The latest results bring the total number of isolating first-team personnel at the club to seven, including two other staff members.

"It was four people - (including) two players - the first time and then three more," Guardiola said.

He said the club were not yet in a position to reveal the identities of the three latest players to test positive.

"I don't think the Premier League allows us to name the players but you will know tomorrow," he said.

"You will see the line-ups and three important players not there, so you will know exactly but I'm not allowed to tell you."