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Guardiola to sit out FA Cup match after positive COVID test

City said
that Guardiola returned a positive test on Tuesday along with assistant Juanma
Lillo.

“Both
are now isolating, along with a number of other positive cases within the City
first team bubble,” City said in a statement, adding that assistant coach
Rodolfo Borrell will take charge of the team for Friday’s game.

Seven
first-team players and 14 backroom staff are isolating for COVID-19 related
reasons, the club said.

City are top
of the Premier League table on 53 points after 21 matches, 10 points above
second-placed Chelsea, whom they host in a league match on Jan. 15 after facing
Swindon.

Earlier on
Thursday, Burnley said that manager Sean Dyche will miss their FA Cup
third-round tie at home to second-tier Huddersfield Town on Saturday after
testing positive for COVID-19.

Guardiola
and Dyche are the latest Premier League managers to test positive in recent
weeks after Aston Villa’s Steven Gerrard, Newcastle United’s Eddie Howe,
Crystal Palace’s Patrick Vieira, Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta and Liverpool’s Juergen
Klopp.

Britain on
Wednesday reported 194,747 further cases of COVID-19 and 334 more deaths within
28 days of a positive test, according to official data.

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