Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus have been self isolating after testing positive for the virus but the other three are yet to be confirmed and could only be revealed few hours before kick off.
Manchester City’s game against Everton on Monday night was postponed after it emerged that some of their players and staff had tested positive for the virus, and although no new positives allowed the club to resume training on Wednesday, Guardiola says he will be without at least three more players for the trip to Chelsea on Sunday.
Quizzed on how many players will be missing, Guardiola replied: “Five right now. Five players are isolating for 10 days and some of them, the first cases that were released, it was four people – two players – and three more the second time.”
The latest recorded case brings the total number of first-team personnel at the club isolating to seven, including two other staff members.
Guardiola also confirmed that the club are not in a position to reveal the identities of the other three players but it will be known when the lineup for their game against Chelsea is revealed.
He said: “I don’t think the Premier League allow us to name the players. We have to respect the privacy of the players maybe. 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.”