Manchester City have confirmed two more players and another member of staff have tested positive for Covid-19.
The goalkeeper Scott Carson and the 18-year-old midfielder Cole Palmer are the latest players affected. City were without six other players for their Premier League victory at Chelsea last Sunday following positive tests.
With the first-choice goalkeeper, Ederson, already isolating, Carson’s positive test leaves City short of options in that position for the Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester United on Wednesday.
Zack Steffen is set to play again after featuring at Chelsea, with the 18-year-old James Trafford, who has been in a Champions League squad this season, possibly coming on to the bench.
Ferran Torres, Tommy Doyle and Eric García are the other players isolating. Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus, who tested positive on Christmas Day, have completed their quarantine.
“Manchester City FC can confirm that Scott Carson, Cole Palmer and one member of staff have tested positive for Covid-19,” the club said. “[They] will now observe a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK government protocol on quarantine.
“Everyone at the club wishes Scott, Cole and all of our other colleagues a speedy recovery ahead of their return to work, training and competition.”