Guardiola and Dyche sidelined from FA Cup ties after Covid positives

Manchester City’s preparations for their FA Cup third-round trip to Swindon Town have been hampered after the manager, Pep Guardiola, tested positive for Covid-19 in an outbreak at the club.

The Spaniard, along with his assistant Juanma Lillo, recorded the positive test on Tuesday and is in isolation. City report that seven players and 14 members of staff are isolating for Covid-related reasons. The assistant coach Rodolfo Borrell will take charge of Friday’s tie.

Borrell said of Guardiola on Thursday: “He is fine. He has the virus but fortunately he hasn’t got a lot of symptoms. We are permanently in touch via Zoom call or calls like we normally do.

“We have had a Covid outbreak and at the moment with seven players unavailable and 14 staff so there is quite a bit out. We are getting it day by day and we don’t know where it is going to end.”

Borrell said City were “mentally prepared” for Friday’s game and, despite the numbers in isolation and an outbreak among the club’s elite development squad too, had no plans to request a postponement.

“It has possibly been one of the most easiest lineups we have had to decide,” he said. “We are going to play with the ones we have available. We don’t really have much more. Our aim is to keep playing. At this moment we can fill the team. It’s an easy lineup to decide but I don’t know what will happen in the following days. We will play with what we have got, some first-team players and some players from our second team.”

Meanwhile, Sean Dyche will miss Burnley’s FA Cup tie against Huddersfield on Saturday after testing positive for coronavirus.

“Burnley Football Club can confirm manager Sean Dyche will miss this weekend’s FA Cup third-round tie at home to Huddersfield, after testing positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday,” a tweet said. “Sean will now follow the mandatory self-isolation protocols.”

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