Pep Guardiola suffers only mild symptoms after testing positive for Covid two days ago.
The Manchester City boss is one of 14 Blues staff currently in isolation after a virus outbreak at City’s training ground, with seven first-team players also set to stay on the sidelines.
Guardiola’s assistant Juanma Lillo is also isolated, and other assistant Rodolfo Borrell will take charge of the squad for the FA Cup third round match tomorrow night in Swindon.
Borrell also stepped in to take part in today’s pre-match press conference, and while he won’t reveal the names of the seven players who will be missing, he provided an update on the state of Guardiola and said the situation is fluid with the possibility of more positive tests before tomorrow’s game.
“We have had a Covid outbreak and have seven unavailable players and 14 staff,” he said, before adding that some of the academy players who could have stepped up the game are also isolating themselves.
“We’re getting it day by day, so we don’t know where it’s going to end.”
Asked about Guardiola. Borrell said: “He’s fine. He has the virus but luckily doesn’t have a lot of symptoms, and we’re in constant contact via Zoom or by call, as we still are.”
City have not disclosed the names of the first seven teams involved, but are believed to include Aleks Zinchenko and Phil Foden, both of whom missed out on the weekend’s victory at Arsenal thanks to Covid.