FOUR Manchester City Women first-team players have tested positive for coronavirus after reportedly travelling to Dubai over the Christmas break.
As reported by the Telegraph, the unnamed aces had the club’s full permission to fly to UAE as Manchester was under Tier Three restrictions at the time.
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That meant that overseas was permitted under the Government’s regulations and Dubai’s boarders were open to the UK.
City confirmed the quartet had tested positive for the killer virus on Monday.
Saturday’s game against West Ham is still set to go ahead, but the situation will be reportedly be monitored.
A statement by the club read: “Manchester City FC can confirm that four Women’s First Team players have tested positive for COVID-19.
“The personnel involved will now observe a period of self-isolation in accordance with FA and UK Government protocol on quarantine.
“Everyone at the Club wishes our colleagues a speedy recovery ahead of their return to work, training and competition.”
It is understood that the WSL has seen a rise in positive tests since the Christmas break, after several superstars travelled abroad.
The FA is set to publish the full testing results from the women’s top-flight and Championship this evening.
City’s news came after the men’s side were hit badly by Covid-19 around the festive period, with at least SIX players returning positive test results.
The Etihad Campus training ground is still open but the club are working hard to limit the number of people on site.
Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus were confirmed to have tested positive just before Christmas.
Three more Man City players tested positive and missed the 3-1 win at Chelsea – although their identities have not been officially confirmed.
Goalkeeper Ederson and striker Ferran Torres were unavailable for the game at Stamford Bridge.
Eric Garcia became the latest City star to test positive, along with an unnamed member of coaching staff.