The Premier League game between Everton and Manchester City has been postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak among the City squad. It is the second league fixture to be postponed with Coronavirus related issues this season after Aston Villa and Newcastle United earlier this month.
Manchester City’s game against Newcastle United went ahead as scheduled on the Boxing Day despite both Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker returned a positive test. In addition, several EFL clubs are also forced to call off their games due to outbreaks.
Manchester City released the following statement, “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.”
After the latest shocking developments, there’s a genuine fear that Manchester City’s blockbuster encounter against Chelsea at the weekend could also be postponed. Pep Guardiola’s side is also due to face city-rival Manchester United in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, January 6.
🔵 | Following a Premier League Board Meeting this afternoon, #EFC has been informed that tonight's fixture against @ManCity has been postponed on medical grounds due to an increase in cases of COVID-19 in the Manchester City squad.
— Everton (@Everton) December 28, 2020
Everton are in a great form at the moment, and in normal circumstances, would have preferred to play City at this time. The Toffees sit second on the points table, just three points behind defending champions and fierce city-rival Liverpool. A win at Goodison Park would have taken them level on points with the Reds. Manchester City could have cut the deficit on Liverpool to just three points with a win here.