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Everton vs Man City match called off as City stars test positive for coronavirus

The match had been scheduled to take place at Goodison Park on Monday evening, but a number of City players have tested positive for Covid-19

Everton's Premier League match with Manchester City on Monday night has been called off after a number of City players tested positive for Covid-19.

Defender Kyle Walker and forward Gabriel Jesus tested positive before City's last game against Newcastle, along with a couple of staff members, but it has been confirmed that even more of the squad have now contracted the virus.

City said in a 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."

The match won't take place on Monday night (Image: PA)
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The Premier League confirmed that it was City who requested the postponement on medical grounds.

They said in a statement: "The Board agreed to rearrange the game as a precaution, and further testing will now take place tomorrow.

"The decision has been taken with the health of players and staff the priority.

"The Premier League continues to have full confidence in its protocols and rules, and the way in which all clubs are implementing them. 

Goodison is one of just two stadia where fans have been able to attend of late (Image: Pool via REUTERS)

"The League wishes those with COVID-19 a safe and speedy recovery and will rearrange the postponed fixture against Everton in due course."

Everton have also confirmed the postponement, but said that plans for the New Year's Day clash at home to West Ham remain unaffected.

Speaking after that Newcastle game, City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed that Walker and Jesus were recovering.

"The last thing I think about is being without Gabriel and Kyle," he said after the game.

"What we want is that Gabriel and Kyle don't get worse and can be asymptomatic and pass this 8-10 days without tough symptoms.

Guardiola discussed the positive cases after the Newcastle game (Image: Pool via REUTERS)

"Covid is here. It is not just here in Man City, it is all around the world attacking hard so that's why we have to be careful and what we want is the next days is for them not to have symptoms and recover.

"We are going to wait for them, we look forward to see them again and without them we are going to move forward. The team, the guys who want to join us, that want to commit with the team and what we want to do altogether are more than welcome.

"The guys who think about what is best for the team and think they have to give something for the team given it has worked for them, they will be part of the team forever. The guys that don't want it, it will be their problem."

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