Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has tested negative for COVID-19, British media reported, after an inconclusive test earlier Friday prompted the club to cancel their pre-match press conference.
Guardiola had traveled to Barcelona earlier this week to attend Sergio Aguero’s press conference when the former City forward announced his retirement https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/barcelona-striker- aguero-announces-retirement-due-heart- condition-2021-12-15 from football due to heart disease. Saturday’s game at St James’ Park between league leaders City and 19th Newcastle United is one of five games played this weekend after several games were postponed https://www.reuters.com / lifestyle / sports / brentfords-frank- calls-premier-league-break-covid-cases-rise-2021-12-16 due to outbreaks of COVID-19 at various clubs.
“It’s not easy to go to Newcastle and get a result so we will need the whole team and I hope we are strong enough to get the points,” Guardiola said on the website of City. “Newcastle are a very tough opponent. People will talk about our place in the table or where we are in the table, but when you go to Newcastle you know what kind of game to expect.
“Now they have a new manager in Eddie (Howe) and we know how good a manager he is. They had a tough start to the season but they’re a good team with good players and a top manager.” Guardiola added that everyone was in good shape and available for the trip except for Spain striker Ferran Torres, whose foot injury is expected to keep him out until the New Year.
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