Even if they can’t play the fixture next week, Manchester City will not have to lose their Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester United. It was confirmed on Monday afternoon that City’s Premier League match against Everton, scheduled to be played later that night, was postponed due to Covid-19.
The club announced more positive tests, which included Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus, to go along with those recorded on Christmas Day.
With the club’s training ground now closed indefinitely, there is no assurance that City will return to action and there is a risk that on January 6th they will not be able to play against rivals United in the cup.
Leyton Orient had to forfeit their match against Spurs in the same competition earlier this season, with Jose Mourinho’s side going through without playing and since they got to the semi-finals themselves.
Gary Neville was left wondering on Twitter if the same fate would befall Pep Guardiola’s side.
It appears, though, that will not be the case and the two clubs in Manchester will only have their last four meetings postponed to a later date.
From the fourth round onwards, the rules in the competition modified, ensuring that games in the competition are no longer forfeited as long as they can be rearranged at the ‘earliest fair opportunity.’