Everton's home game against Man City postponed due to COVID-19 cases

VIDEO SHOWS: RECENT AND FILE FOOTAGE OF MANCHESTER CITY'S KYLE WALKER AND GABRIEL JESUS, EXTERIORS OF ETIHAD STADIUM

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1. MANCHESTER CITY DEFENDER, KYLE WALKER PASSING BALL WITH TEAM MATE, KEVIN DE BRUYNE

2. MANCHESTER CITY STRIKER, GABRIEL JESUS (YELLOW BIB) STRETCHING BEFORE DOING RUNNING DRILL

3. WALKER TRAINING

4. MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER, PEP GUARDIOLA (WOOLLY HAT) SPEAKING WITH ASSISTANT COACH

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5. KYLE WALKER STRETCHING

6. GABRIEL JESUS STRETCHING

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 7, 2020) (CITYTV - DO NOT OBSCURE LOGO)

7. JESUS WITH HANDS ON HIPS AT TRAINING SESSION

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - FEBRUARY 19, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

8. MANCHESTER CITY'S ETIHAD STADIUM

9. ETIHAD STADIUM SIGN

10. EXTERIORS OF STADIUM

11. STADIUM SIGN

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - MAY 20, 2020) (UK POOL - ACCESS ALL)

12. AERIAL OF MANCHESTER CITY'S ETIHAD STADIUM

STORY: Everton's Premier League match at home to Manchester City on Monday (December 28) has been called off due to new COVID-19 cases reported at City, the league said in a statement.

City returned a number of positive cases for COVID-19 after confirming four positives last week, including striker Gabriel Jesus and defender Kyle Walker.

The Premier League board agreed to rearrange the game as a precaution after City lodged a request following the latest round of testing.

"The decision has been taken with the health of players and staff the priority" the league said.

"The Premier League continues to have full confidence in its protocols and rules, and the way in which all clubs are implementing them."

City have decided to shut down their first-team training facility indefinitely, with the squad set to undergo testing before any decision is made for training to resume.

"All positive cases involving players and staff will observe a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine," City said in a statement.

The postponement is the second this season after an outbreak at Newcastle United forced the league to call off their match at Aston Villa this month.

City, sixth in the league table, are scheduled to travel to play Chelsea on Sunday.

(Production: Andy Ragg)

Video Transcript

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