Manchester City Link Back COVID Outbreak To Carabao Cup Clash Against Arsenal: The club has identified the affair as the reason for the slew of COVID positive tests in their ranks
After initially losing out Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus to Coronavirus last week with both the players skipping the club’s 1-0 triumph over Southampton, things fast turned worse for Manchester City. The club confirmed on Monday that the fresh round of testing had seen five players be identified with the disease.
Subsequently, the club’s fixture against Everton on the day was postponed to become only the second Premier League clash to be called off this season due to the pandemic. And while a string of reports have emerged on what could have caused the shambolic outbreak, City are said to have traced back the roots to their Carabao Cup fixture.
Manchester City Link Back COVID Outbreak To Carabao Cup Clash Against Arsenal
As per a report in the Athletic, City’s squad to said to have contracted the disease when it visited Arsenal for its matchup against Arsenal. The quarter-final contest on December 22 saw City partake in a team meal in a hotel in London, a venue which is being cited as the location for the club coming in contact with COVID.
With London being under tier 4 at the moment as a more virulent strain of Coronavirus has been detected in the city, it is largely believed that the Carabao Cup outing was responsible for the string of cases. Arsenal have meanwhile also confirmed that CB Gabriel Magalhaes has tested positive for the disease.
The spurt of cases amongst City’s ranks comes in the wake of the Premier League announcing a record number of positive tests. The foregone round of testing has seen 18 players test positive, the maximum number of positive results to come in a single round of testing.
Sheffield United Ravaged By COVID
Sheffield United confirmed in the aftermath of the announcement that they were amongst one of the clubs to have been rocked by the disease. All of Arsenal, Newcastle United, Sheffield United and Manchester City are among the confirmed clubs to be reeling under the brunt of the disease.
With the situation turning dire, the FA has been quick to clampdown on the problem with the governing council deciding to revert back to its two stage round of testing every week.