After Kyle Walker, Gabriel Jesus and two members of staff were confirmed to have tested positive on Christmas Day, a further three positive tests were returned ahead of City’s scheduled Premier League fixture at Everton.
That game was postponed, and the three players isolating have now been confirmed to be Ederson, Ferran Torres and Tommy Doyle. Garcia and a staff member returned positive tests ahead of the impressive win at Chelsea, although Garcia wouldn’t have been involved anyway through injury and he hadn’t been in contact with the first team squad.
A member of the Elite Development Squad is also isolating after testing positive.
As the Chelsea game got underway, Garcia took to Instagram to thank supporters for their messages of concern, saying ‘thanks for the messages, time to recover now’ as he begins a period of self-isolation.
Garcia also had a warning, saying: “remember the virus is still here”, as he accompanied his message with his view of the Chelsea game on TV at his home.
Ferran Torres was also active after the game, posting: “C’mon guys! C’mon City!”.
Kyle Walker, whose period of isolation is coming to an end, also posted to Instagram during the game at the start of the second half, saying: “Come on lads, another big 45.”
Meanwhile, injured defender Aymeric Laporte entertained supporters during the game with his live-tweeting of City’s electric first half. After Ilkay Gundogan’s opener, Laporte said: “GUNDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO… That’s some strike” with an eight-ball emoji.
When Phil Foden turned in a lovely second shortly after, Laporte said: “Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yes @PhilFoden… (this might be used the wrong way in some months / years I apologize in advance Phil)”
After Kevin De Bruyne made it three, following up after Raheem Sterling hit the post, Laporte tweeted: “MAKE THAT THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE… (Raz will be so mad tho).”