Man City may be without Oleksandr Zinchenko for their clash against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend after Sport Witness revealed that the left-back has been quarantined in his Switzerland hotel room after a spate of positive COVID-19 cases in the Ukrainian squad.
Tottenham learned on Monday that they will be without Matt Doherty for the clash against City after the right-back tested positive for the virus while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland (Sky Sports).
It now turns out that City might also lose one full-back in Zinchenko after nine of his Ukraine teammates tested positive for the virus.
Sport Witness reveal that, although the Man City defender has tested negative, the whole of the Ukraine squad are having to quarantine in their hotel rooms as a precaution, with further tests set to be administered.
Ukraine’s Nations League clash against Switzerland, which was scheduled for Tuesday, was called off in light of the COVID-19 cases but the Ukrainian players are still waiting to learn how long they will be stuck in quarantine.
When asked whether the squad will have to quarantine for ten days, Roger Harstall, the medical lead for Lucerne, told Swiss newspaper Blick: “No, not necessarily. Under certain conditions of the BAG there is the possibility to leave the hotel and to travel home.”
Even if Zinchenko does not make it back to the UK in time for this Saturday’s clash, it is unlikely to be a major blow for Pep Guardiola, who has started Joao Cancelo ahead of the 23-year-old at left-back on several occasions this season.
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