Everton v Man City postponed after ‘number’ of positive Covid-19 tests

Rodri, Gabriel Jesus, Kevin de Bruyne

Manchester City’s fixture away to Everton on Monday night has been postponed due to further cases of coronavirus within the club.

Three days after players Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus were among four individuals to return positive tests, City announced that a further round of testing had “returned a number of positive cases”.

City lodged a request to postpone the match on Monday morning with confirmation coming after a Premier League board meeting in the afternoon.

A statement from City read: “With the security of the bubble compromised, there posed a risk that the virus could spread further amongst the squad, the staff and potentially beyond.

“Based on strong medical advice the Premier League, in consultation with both clubs, has decided to postpone the fixture.”

A Premier League statement said the decision was taken following medical advice.

“The Board agreed to rearrange the game as a precaution, and further testing will now take place tomorrow,” the statement said.

“The decision has been taken with the health of players and staff the priority.”