Man City’s Ilkay Gundogan among three positive Premier League tests


Manchester City have confirmed Ilkay Gundogan has contracted coronavirus as the latest round of testing returned three positive tests.

The midfielder is observing a 10-day period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine.

Between Monday September 14 and Sunday September 20, a total of 1,574 players and club staff members were given tests.

Gundogan is likely to miss three matches for City while he self-isolates, including Thursday’s Carabao Cup game against Bournemouth and Sunday’s Premier League game against Leicester City.

The German is the third member of Pep Guardiola’s squad to test positive for the virus, following winger Riyad Mahrez and defender Aymeric Laporte.

Both players returned to training last week but only Mahrez was in the squad to face Wolves, being named among the substitutes for the Monday Night Football clash.

Gundogan is a regular starter in City’s midfield and made 49 appearances in all competitions last term as well as being a key part of the treble-winning side the year before.

Gundogan also started this season on international duty with Germany – playing in both 1-1 Nations League draws against Spain and Switzerland, and scoring in the game against the latter.

Manchester City gave no further details of Gundogan’s condition, only adding: “Everyone at the club wishes Ilkay a speedy recovery.”