Second Premier League club's preseason disrupted due to Covid-19
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Manchester City dealt a blow
Pep Guardiola’s pre-season plans have been dealt a blow as Manchester City have been forced to cancel one of their friendlies.
Manchester City were due to fly to France to play fellow City group side AS Troyes, but have had to cancel following a change in quarantine regulations between the UK and France.
As of Monday 19th July travellers from France returning to England will have to quarantine for ten days, something that would have affected City’s pre-season even further.
Manchester City are disappointed to confirm that our planned pre-season friendly at fellow CFG club ES Troyes AC has been cancelled.
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— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 21, 2021
In a statement on their website, the Manchester club said:
“Both clubs explored all avenues to be able to play the game, but the recent UK government changes to quarantine rules for travellers returning from France, has made the required restrictions too difficult to overcome.”
“Pep Guardiola’s first team squad will remain in Manchester and continue their pre-season preparations at the City Football Academy. There are no plans to replace the ESTAC friendly with another pre-season fixture.”
This cancellation means that Manchester City will play just one more non-competitive fixture, a behind closed doors affair against Preston North End, before they kick off their new season with a Community Shield tie against Leicester City.
Arsenal also cancel tour
Manchester City become the second side to have their pre-season disrupted by the pandemic, with Arsenal having to cancel their Florida Cup plans following positive tests within the Gunners’ camp.
Following a small number of positive COVID tests among the planned party to travel to America tomorrow, we have sadly been forced to withdraw from the Florida Cup.
This difficult decision is based on ensuring the health and wellbeing of our players and staff.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 20, 2021
As cases continue to mount in the UK, it does pose the question of just how affected the Premier League season may be this time around.