Manchester City players Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker test positive for coronavirus

  • Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus have both tested positive for Covid-19
  • Two members of Manchester City’s backroom have also tested positive 
  • The players will be forced to self-isolate for 10 days and will miss key games
  • Manchester City are due to play against Newcastle on Boxing Day 

Manchester City players Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker tests positive for coronavirus and will miss Boxing Day clash against Newcastle.

City confirmed a coronavirus outbreak as they announced Kyle Walker, Gabriel Jesus and two unnamed members of staff have tested positive.

All four now face 10 days of self-isolation as per Government guidelines, meaning Walker and Jesus will miss City’s Boxing Day clash with Newcastle today.

They are also expected to miss City’s league games against Everton and Chelsea, but could return for their Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester United on January 6.

Both Walker and Jesus featured against Arsenal in their 4-1 Carabao Cup win on Tuesday.

City welcome Newcastle to the Etihad Stadium on Boxing Day evening and the game does not seem in jeopardy, despite the spate of positive tests.

For City, the news that he could be without two key players for the busy festive period will come as a major headache for manager Pep Guardiola, who has seen his side struggle in front of goal recently so had come to rely on Jesus in particular.

The latest Premier League testing results saw the Premier League confirm seven positive tests for the period between Monday 14 December and Sunday 20 December.

It comes after Fulham confirmed their manager Scott Parker is self-isolating and will not be on the touchline for their game against Southampton. He recorded a negative test, but someone in his household tested positive.