MAN CITY can be lacking SIX first-team gamers for this week’s Carabao Cup semi-final in opposition to Manchester United.
Pep Guardiola can be lacking various key gamers after Covid issues in his Etihad camp.
Pep Guardiola can be with out SIX gamers for the Manchester derby semi-finalCredit score: Information Group Newspapers Ltd
Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus each examined constructive earlier than ChristmasCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus had been confirmed to have examined constructive simply earlier than Christmas.
Eric Garcia turned the newest Metropolis star to check constructive, together with an unnamed member of teaching workers.
Metropolis noticed their Premier League conflict at Everton final week postponed, however had been again on the pitch at Stamford Bridge yesterday.
They usually look set to take on rivals Man Utd on Wednesday evening regardless of a depleted squad.
Guardiola also defended Benjamin Mendy over his latest coronavirus breach.
The Manchester Metropolis left-back, 26, hosted a New Year’s Eve party at his home regardless of the Covid outbreak throughout the membership camp.
Mendy’s bash — three days after his facet’s conflict with Everton was postponed because of the bug — was attended by not less than three individuals outdoors his family.
Benjamin Mendy hosted a New Yr’s Eve get together and breached Covid rulesCredit score: Dave Thompson/Telegraph Media Group
The Frenchman mentioned he, his girlfriend, his niece and nephew — who all stay with him — attended.
However he admitted his girlfriend’s pal and her companion had been additionally there, together with a chef.
Through the get together, Mendy tweeted a message at 11.23pm urging individuals to take warning. It learn: “Glad New Yr. Deal with you and yours.”
Metropolis mentioned they had been “disillusioned to be taught of the transgression and can be conducting an inner investigation” – however regardless of the breach, Guardiola named him on the bench for the win at Chelsea.
Requested about his defender’s antics, the Spaniard jumped to his facet – and instructed his critics to look within the mirror earlier than blasting Mendy.
Guardiola mentioned: “He had good intentions with the guts that he has, however he has to know some issues. He invited two or three individuals on New Yr’s Eve, all of them examined detrimental, however they had been at his home.
“I want to understand how many individuals had 5 or 6 individuals at house on New Yr’s Eve, I’m fairly positive many.
“Usually in society we decide the opposite one, it could be higher if we decide ourselves.
“I’m fairly positive Benjamin will enhance on that and subsequent time he can be extra cautious.”
Guardiola added: “He broke the principles, I’m not justifying it, he can not do it.
“However don’t give classes to the opposite ones, don’t put examples from the gamers for society. All of us should do what now we have to do.
“After all it was not appropriate what he has executed, however don’t decide him an excessive amount of, if we take a look at what now we have executed New Yr’s Eve, many, many individuals have possibly executed the identical.
“It’s simple to evaluate others. If everybody put the demanding intentions on ourselves everybody can be higher.
“We’ve got to observe the principles [like everybody], I’ve mentioned this to the gamers many occasions, the virus is right here, however we all know that the federal government should say what now we have to do.”