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Pep Guardiola cancels press conference after inconclusive coronavirus test

Pep Guardiola is forced to cancel his press conference as he awaits the results of a PCR test ahead of Sunday’s trip to Newcastle United.

The Manchester City Manager is waiting to discover whether he will be able to take charge of his team this weekend after returning an inconclusive Covid-19 test result.

Guardiola has undergone a follow-up PCR test to confirm whether he is postive or negative ahead of City’s Premier League fixture away to Newcastle United on Sunday.

The City manager’s pre-match press conference to preview the trip to St James’ Park, which was due to be held on Friday, has been cancelled as a result of the uncertainty.

He is now set undergo a more accurate PCR test to determine if he has Covid or not.

Guardiola and City are hoping the test results will come back negative and he will be free to be in the dug out at St James’ Park.

But a positive test would force the City manager to self-isolate for 10 days in what would be a blow to City as the champions bid to bolster their position at the top of the Premier League.

An isolation period of 10 days would mean Guardiola is also unavailable for the Boxing Day visit of Leicester City in the Premier League.

Guardiola has widely encouraged players and staff to get vaccinated during the coronavirus pandemic.


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