FILE – Manchester City’s English midfielder Raheem Sterling (L) Manchester City’s Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez (C) and Manchester City’s French defender Aymeric Laporte react during a team training session at City Football Academy in Manchester, northwest England on February 25, 2020, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match against Real Madrid. (Photo by Jon Super / AFP)

Manchester City players Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for coronavirus just five days before the start of the new Premier League season, the club announced on Monday.

City said in a statement that French defender Laporte and Algerian international forward Mahrez were self-isolating in accordance with Premier League and government rules.

“Neither is displaying symptoms of the virus,” the statement said.

“Everyone at the club wishes Riyad and Aymeric a speedy recovery ahead of their return to training and the new season.”

The Premier League season starts on Saturday but Manchester City does not open their campaign until September 21, when they play Wolves.

City and neighbors Manchester United are missing the opening weekend to give them extra time to recover from a late end to the 2019/20 season because both were involved in European competition.

Mahrez tweeted: “Thank you for all the nice messages, I’m good. Stay safe everyone take care of you.”

Laporte thanked fans for their messages of support, saying he would be back soon.



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Man City’s Mahrez and Laporte test positive for coronavirus