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Man City’s De Bruyne tests positive for COVID-19

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Nov. 19 (Reuters) – Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has tested positive for COVID-19 while on international duty with Belgium, manager Pep Guardiola said Friday.

De Bruyne, 30, played in Belgium’s 1-1 draw against Wales in Cardiff on Tuesday. He will miss City’s home games against Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, as well as Paris St Germain in the Champions League group stage next week.

“Unfortunately, Kevin tested positive for COVID in Belgium,” Guardiola told reporters, adding that the midfielder would be isolating for 10 days.

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“We found out two days ago that he is here. Forget fitness and momentum, he is positive, now he needs to recover. We have to be careful, people are dying from COVID. He has been vaccinated, so hopefully he will be fine .”

Guardiola said City will be without midfielder Jack Grealish against Everton, but his England team-mate Phil Foden could play.

“We see Jack getting better after he went to the national team. Foden came back with a blow and a problem in his leg, but he’s getting better,” Guardiola said.

Guardiola declined to comment on forward Raheem Sterling’s future at the club after the 26-year-old said last month he would be willing to look for opportunities abroad.

Sterling, who is under contract with City until 2023, has fallen out of favor with Guardiola this season, having only started three of their 11 Premier League games.

“From now on, don’t ask me again until the transfer window is open, because I’m not going to answer,” said Guardiola.

“Mine and Raheem’s focus is on the games. I’m not going to answer questions about what’s going to happen in the future because I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

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Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Shrivathsa Sridhar

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