Manchester City WON’T be thrown out of the Carabao Cup if they can’t play their semi-final against Man United next week due to Covid outbreak, with rules changing from the early rounds
- A Covid-19 outbreak has seen Manchester City v Everton on Monday called-off
- City’s clashes with Chelsea (Sunday) and Man United (Wednesday) are at threat
- Unlike Leyton Orient, City won’t be out if they can’t play in the Carabao Cup
- The competitions rules for the semi-final are different to the third-round
Manchester City will not be booted out of the Carabao Cup if their Covid-19 crisis prevents the holders from facing Manchester United on Wednesday.
The Citizens’ Premier League clash with Everton on Monday was called-off at the last minute after they recorded three new positive cases.
City are wary the virus has infiltrated their squad bubble, with Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker among five already isolating.
Manchester City are to be saved from being kicked-out of the Carabao Cup after an outbreak
A Covid crisis has seen an Everton trip postponed, and the Carabao Cup semi-final is at threat
Leyton Orient were booted out in the third-round after their own outbreak, a costly blow
But Manchester United will not be handed a bye into the Wembley final, despite Leyton Orient leaving the competition at the third-round in the same circumstances.
Orient had 17 positive tests back in September when they were supposed to face Spurs, who have reached their own semi-final against Brentford after being ushered through to the fourth-round.
City will not receive the same treatment, with the EFL’s rules for the semi-final stating their committee will use its ‘reasonable endeavours’ to rearrange the match as early as possible.
There is a small chance the fixture could still be abandoned though, only if the EFL committee decides it cannot be rearranged.
Even before City’s trip to Old Trafford they first have to visit west London for a clash with top-four rivals Chelsea on Sunday, another match that now looks unlikely to go ahead.
Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus are among five City staff who tested positive before Christmas
The clash with their rivals for a final spot will have to take place amid a packed schedule
The prospect of more fixtures being squeezed into a packed run-in after a gruelling 2020 will be stressing Pep Guardiola, as will the long-term effects of the virus on his star-packed squad.
City released a statement saying: ‘After the latest round of Covid-19 testing, the club returned a number of positive cases, in addition to the four already reported on Christmas Day.
‘With the security of the bubble compromised, there posed a risk that the virus could spread further amongst the squad, the staff and potentially beyond.
‘Based on strong medical advice the Premier League, in consultation with both clubs, have decided to postpone the (Everton) fixture.’
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