REVEALED: Manchester City’s American goalkeeper Zack Steffen is set to make his Premier League debut in huge clash with Chelsea, with No 1 Ederson in self-isolation following Covid-19 outbreak
Manchester City travel to Chelsea amid a coronavirus outbreak within the squad Five City players will miss the game including first-choice goalkeeper EdersonStand-in Zack Steffen is in line for his Premier League debut at Stamford BridgePep Guardiola says his side will adapt to the lack of available players on Sunday
City have confirmed five players will miss the game after testing positive. Though Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus are the only names confirmed, Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson has posted on social media that he has been self-isolating.
Steffen, 25, was signed from Columbus Crew in 2019 and spent last season on loan with Fortuna Dusseldorf, where his appearances were restricted by a knee injury.
Man City are set to hand Zack Steffen a Premier League debut against Chelsea on Sunday
City are dealing with a recent Covid-19 outbreak, with first-choice Ederson self-isolating
He has played four times for City in cup games this season and has won 18 USA caps, including a clean sheet against Wales in November.
City manager Pep Guardiola said of the 6ft 2in Philadelphia-born keeper after his debut against Bournemouth in the League Cup: ‘He was calm. He was safe. He gave a good performance.’
The City boss, who lost his mother to Covid earlier in the pandemic, says football is not unique in having to deal with upheaval.
City boss Pep Guardiola claims his side will adapt to the lack of available players due to Covid
‘All around the world people are managing a strange and unusual situation. The best way is to adapt. Sometimes you have to take decisions day-by-day as things happen,’ he said.
Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who has had Covid, said: ‘I felt very tired: throat pain; headache. It was difficult to deal with, especially in the first few days and then after day four or five I started feeling better day-by-day.
‘Thankfully, I had the doctors and the club around so I wasn’t completely alone.’