Manchester City could return to match day duties on Sunday, against Chelsea, after having their game against Everton which was slated for tuesday night postponed as a result of an increase in Covid-19 cases.
City had earlier confirmed that Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus had tested positive for the virus before the Premier League announced that it had recorded 18 positive tests in its 17th round of testing.
The development saw their fixture against Everton being called off and putting their game against Chelsea in doubt .
But after returning negative Covid -19 results on Wednesday, the Manchester City players returned to training and could face Chelsea on Sunday in the 17th week of the 2020/2021 English Premier League season.
In a statement on Wednesday, Manchester City said:
“Manchester City FC can confirm that first-team training will resume at City Football Academy this afternoon.
“The full Covid-19 bubble underwent testing yesterday, and results have so far revealed no new positive cases. Safety remains our number one priority, and the Club will continue to proceed with great caution.
“Everyone at Manchester City continues to wish speedy recoveries to all of our colleagues who remain in self-isolation following their positive tests.”
If Manchester City or Chelsea do not return positive results in the next few days then the Cityzens will play host to Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday before their Carabao Cup semi-final at Manchester United on Wednesday, January 6.
Premier League to be halted ?
After announcing that the Premier League had recorded the highest number of Covid 19 cases this season (18), West Brom manager, Sam Allardyce, has indicated that there is the need for the Premier League to go for a circuit break.
Everyone’s safety is more important than anything.
When I hear this variant of the virus transmits 70 per cent quicker, we can only do the right thing, which would be to have a circuit breaker.I’m 66 and the last thing I need to do is catch Covid-19.
Probably players will overcome it but it’s more difficult for someone like me so I’m very concerned for myself and football in general.
Allardyce’s perspective was not shared by Manchester United head coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who indicated that he cannot see the benefit of having a circuit break.
“It’s not something I’ve thought about a lot. I think our players have been really good in following protocols and rules,” Solskjaer said via Sky.
“That’s part of the job here, that we as clubs follow the protocols given. I can’t see the benefit in having a circuit break, whatever it’s going to be called.
“Because when are we going to play the games? We all know this year is so difficult, but I don’t think stopping the games is going to make a big, big change.”
The Premier League games will continue as scheduled until the League decides to implement the circuit break suggestion which will see the league halting for at least two weeks.