FA Cup: Pep Guardiola to miss Man City vs Swindon Town as COVID-19 ravages squad.
Pep Guardiola will miss the face off and there could be significant changes to the team that hits the ground at County Ground on Friday at the FA Cup.
When Manchester City plays in the FA Cup, it is common for the club to make sweeping changes, especially against lower division opponents.
However, after assistant Rodolfo Borrell announced that seven players were among the 21 who were isolated because of Covid at his press conference on Thursday, it will be difficult to predict the City team.
After testing positive for the virus, Pep Guardiola will be missing the trip to Wiltshire.
From the comfort of his own home, he’ll be keeping an eye out for any players who might catch his eye.
With John Stones, Luke Mbete, and Josh Wilson-Esbrand in the back four, Kyle Walker could make his first start since the beginning of December.
Another young midfielder, James McAtee, has a chance to shine against a similar opponent to those he has faced in the EFL Trophy this season.
A healthy Cole Palmer and a resurgent Jack Grealish could also start up front if available, with the latter looking to regain his form after being dropped by Pep Guardiola.
Predicted City XI vs Swindon Town: Steffen; Walker, Stones, Mbete, Wilson-Esbrand; Lavia, Gundogan, McAtee; Palmer, Jesus, Grealish