Manchester City have confirmed that Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have both tested positive for coronavirus.
A club statement released on Monday morning said: “Manchester City FC can confirm that Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for Covid-19.
“Both players are currently observing a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine. Neither is displaying symptoms of the virus.
“Everyone at the club wishes Riyad and Aymeric a speedy recovery ahead of their return to training and the new season.”
Mahrez, tweeting in response to messages of support from City fans, said: “Thank you for all the nice messages, I’m good. Stay safe everyone take care of you.”
Thank you for all the nice messages, I’m good. Stay safe everyone take care of you 👍🏼👍🏼 https://t.co/cXICpDEOry
— Riyad Mahrez (@Mahrez22) September 7, 2020
City’s first fixture of the new Premier League season is on September 21 when they face Wolves at Molineux.
City will also begin their Carabao Cup defence later that week. They will face either Bournemouth or Crystal Palace in a third round tie.
Mahrez made 50 appearances for City last season, with the Algeria forward scoring 13 goals. Laporte missed much of the season through injury, managing just 20 appearances.