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Manchester City return to training after Everton postponement

Pep Guardiola's team saw their visit to Goodison Park called off due to a Covid-19 outbreak but have now returned to training.

5:59pm on Wednesday 30th December 2020
David Lynch

Manchester City's first-team squad will return to training this afternoon, two days after their trip to Everton was postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak.

The Premier League were forced to call off Monday's game at Goodison Park after City revealed that their latest round of coronavirus testing had returned "a number of positive cases".

Those were in addition to the positive tests for Kyle Walker, Gabriel Jesus and two other members of staff that were announced on Christmas Day.

City subsequently sent their entire squad home and closed the club's training ground in order to undertake a deep clean.

With that process now complete and the latest round of testing having returned no new positive cases, Pep Guardiola's squad are set to resume training.

A statement read: "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 revealed no new positive cases.

"Safety remains our number one priority, and the Club will continue to proceed with great caution.

"The first team training buildings have undergone a deep clean over the past 48 hours, and the majority of these facilities will remain closed, with only essential operations around training resuming.

"The bubble will undergo further testing in the coming days, the results of which will inform and dictate the next steps.

"Everyone at Manchester City continues to wish speedy recoveries to all of our colleagues who remain in self isolation following their positive tests."

City's next outing sees them travel to Chelsea in the Premier League on January 3.

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