Pep Guardiola is confident his coronavirus-hit Manchester City squad will still be able to compete against Chelsea this weekend.
City will be without five players for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Stamford Bridge following positive Covid-19 tests.
Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus returned positive tests on Christmas Day along with two other members of the club’s first-team staff.
Three more players then tested positive on Monday, prompting the postponement of their game at Everton.
The identity of the trio has not been revealed but their absences are undoubtedly a blow with Guardiola suggesting Academy players could make up the numbers for the trip to west London.
Nevertheless, the City boss still expects a strong showing from those he can call upon.
Guardiola said: ‘We have a good enough squad to go there and try to compete against a tough opponent in Chelsea. Read from source….