Man City confirmed that Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez were both positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Laporte and Mahrez were the first 2 COVID 19 test positive cases in Man City
Man City informed, the health status of Laporte and Mahrez was stable and did not have any symptoms of infection. However, the duo will still have to undergo a period of self-isolation, with treatments expected to last more than 14 days.
“Manchester City FC can confirm that Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for COVID-19. Both players are currently subject to self-quarantine regulations as defined by Premier League and UK government regulations.
This duo has no symptoms of infection and is in quite a stable condition. Everyone in the club wishes Riyad and Aymeric a quick recovery and can return to training before the start of the new season, “Man City announced.
Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte are likely to be absent from Man City’s opening game in the Premier League 2020-2021.
Riyad Mahrez (age 29) and Aymeric Laporte (26) are not the first professional footballers to have recently tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. PSG’s trio of stars including Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes infected COVID-19 after Ibiza vacation.
There have also been many unfortunate cases in the Premier League
. The French duo, Paul Pogba (Man United) and Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham) tested positive during the gathering with the team. Chelsea also had 6 cases but did not disclose their identity.
In total, the Premier League has had 14 confirmed infections from 12 clubs. With the exception of this group, teams have returned to pre-season training 3 weeks ago. The Premier League will return on Saturday but it is not until September 21 that Man City will start their match against Wolves. Organizing the award and ensuring disease prevention will be the top concern for the tournament organizers.
This is bad news for the “Green” Man because they are in the process of preparing for the new season. Premier League will start at the weekend (September 12), but Man City will have a break in the first round. They will start from round 2 in the match against Wolves on September 21.
The fact that Man City has a positive player for SARS-CoV-2 just before the new season makes the Premier League organizers feel worried. Because in the previous season, this tournament was badly affected and had to organize matches in closed stadium conditions.
As for Man City, it is almost certain that Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte will not be able to attend the club’s first Premier League game. This is seen as a good opportunity for two rookie rookies Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres to play.
Will the EPL tournament be affected by this bad news?
Other Premier League clubs such as West Ham, Brighton, Sheffield United also have cases.
The Premier League will return on September 12. The entire match will take place on the field without an audience. In the first round, Fulham will meet Arsenal at 6:30 p.m. on September 12. At 23:30, Liverpool will host Leeds United at Anfield’s home field.
The matches of MU and Man City will be postponed after two Manchester City representatives are given more leave for attending the European Cup until the end of August.