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Guardiola and Burnley’s Dyche test positive for COVID

LONDON (AFP) – Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has tested positive for COVID-19 in a major outbreak at the Premier League club as Burnley also announced yesterday that manager Sean Dyche had been sidelined by the virus.

Premier League champions City said 21 players and staff were now isolating for COVID-related reasons as the virus wreaked further havoc on English football.

“Pep Guardiola will miss tomorrow evening’s FA Cup trip to Swindon Town after testing positive for COVID-19,” the club said in a statement.

The City manager recorded 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.

This brings the number of those isolating for COVID-related reasons amongst the group to 21. Of that number, 14 are backroom staff and seven are first-team players. Despite the outbreak, the third-round FA Cup tie is still scheduled to go ahead with Guardiola assistant Rodolfo Borrell taking charge.