Manchester City have confirmed that duo Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus have tested positive for coronavirus.
City also confirmed that two members of the club’s staff also tested positive for the virus.
All four will now enter into a period of self-isolation ahead of City’s Boxing Day match against Newcastle, who themselves have been adversely affected by the disease which has ruled Jamaal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin out of action.
Both players featured in City’s 4-1 Carabao Cup win over Arsenal on Tuesday, with City due to host Newcastle in the Premier League on Boxing Day.
A club statement said: ‘Manchester City FC can confirm that Gabriel Jesus, Kyle Walker, and two members of staff have tested positive for COVID-19.
‘All four personnel will now observe a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine.
‘Everyone at the Club wishes our colleagues a speedy recovery over the Christmas period ahead of their return to work, training and competition.’
After Saturday’s match against Newcastle, City face difficult away trips to Goodison Park and Stamford Bridge, before a Manchester derby in the semi final of the League Cup.