Manchester City have confirmed that Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Both players will now undergo a period of self-isolation and the club have confirmed that neither player is showing symptoms of the virus.
Although the Premier League returns this Saturday, Pep Guardiola’s side travel to Molineux to face Wolves in their season opener on September 21, with the pair’s involvement in the clash now uncertain.
Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte of Manchester City have tested positive for coronavirus
Both positive tests will be a concern for manager Pep Guardiola ahead of the new season
Positive tests will usually be of concern to the Premier League, with the new season starting in five days.
City said in a statement: “Manchester City FC can confirm Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for Covid-19.
“Both players are currently undergoing a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK government quarantine protocol. Neither shows symptoms of the virus.
The pair will see a period of self-isolation, with City’s first game in two weeks.
“Everyone at the Club wishes Riyadh and Aymeric a speedy recovery before their return to training and the new season. “
Mahrez, 29, and Laporte, 26, are not the first professional footballers to have tested positive for the virus in recent weeks.
PSG star Neymar contracted COVID-19 last week after vacationing in Ibiza, as did his teammates Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes.
Neymar (bottom right) tested positive for coronavirus after recent vacation in Ibiza
Angel Di Maria (center-right) and Leandro Paredes (second from left) were also in Ibiza on vacation
Manchester United star Paul Pogba has tested positive for coronavirus alongside Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele during an international meeting with France.
Chelsea were also rocked by a host of their stars contracting the virus two weeks ago, with six players testing positive.
Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Fikayo Tomori have been placed in solitary confinement after a break in Mykynos, Greece.
Man United’s Paul Pogba is another top player to test positive for coronavirus
Chelsea players Christian Pulisic (left), Tammy Abraham (center) and Fikayo Tomori (right) have been placed in isolation after a break in Mykynos in Greece
Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Emerson and Michy Batshuayi have also stayed away from Chelsea’s training base at Cobham, although it is not known which six players have tested positive.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Wolves winger Adama Traore tested positive before joining his Spanish international teammates last Tuesday.
A total of 14 positive tests have been recorded from the 12 Premier League clubs who resumed training ahead of the new season three weeks ago.