Pep Guardiola cancels Man City media commitments after inconclusive coronavirus test

Pep Guardiola is awaiting the results of a PCR test ahead of Sunday's trip to Newcastle - live on Sky Sports; As things stand, that game is expected to go ahead; Guardiola travelled to Barcelona this week to attend Sergio Aguero's retirement news conference at the Nou Camp.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (PA)
Image: An inconclusive coronavirus test has disrupted Pep Guardiola's pre-match preparation

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has cancelled his media activities on Friday after returning an inconclusive coronavirus test.

He is awaiting the results of a PCR test ahead of Sunday's trip to Newcastle in the Premier League - live on Sky Sports.

As things stand, that game is expected to go ahead.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (r) was in Barcelona on Wednesday as Sergio Aguero (left) announced his retirement from football (Getty)
Image: Former Barca boss Guardiola was at the Nou Camp this week for Sergio Aguero's retirement news conference

Former Barcelona head coach Guardiola travelled to Catalonia this week to attend Sergio Aguero's retirement news conference at the Nou Camp.

If his PCR test comes back positive he will have to isolate for 10 days and miss the trip to St James' Park on Sunday. But if it comes back negative, he can take charge of the team.

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An isolation period of 10 days would mean Guardiola is also unavailable for the Boxing Day visit of Leicester City in the Premier League.

De Bruyne discusses effects of long Covid

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (PA)
Image: Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (PA)

Kevin De Bruyne says he is still feeling the after-effects of Covid-19, even after scoring twice for Manchester City in their Premier League thrashing of Leeds.

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De Bruyne says he is not yet back to his best after testing positive for coronavirus last month.

"I'm not great yet. My body still has to adapt. Sometimes after two or three sprints I feel that I have had Covid," he told Belgium's Het Laatste Nieuws on Thursday.

But he feels things are picking up after a season in which he has also struggled with a nagging ankle injury.

"It's getting better.," he added. "This season is what it is, of course. I can't help it. I got punched in the face, my ankle kicked and I caught Covid. It's not easy with the busy schedule but I'm feeling okay. I'm doing what I have to do."

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