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Pep Guardiola made absolutely clear to return to Chelsea game in huge boost for Man City after Covid chaos

PEP GUARDIOLA has given Manchester City a big boost ahead of Saturday’s fierce clash with Chelsea.

The Etihad boss has been away from his players for eight days after returning a tested positive for Covid on January 4.

Pep Guardiola and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel

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Pep Guardiola and Chelsea boss Thomas TuchelCredit: Rex

It means he missed out on winning the FA Cup at Swindon as Man City reported they had 21 members of the first team isolated, including seven players.

But Pep is said to have been completely clear to return to the training ground midweek and put his squad through the steps yesterday.

Even so, it has been a rough week for City ahead of what is likely to be an important match in the hopes of retaining the Prem title.

Coach Rodolfo Borrell, who is in charge of the County Ground, remained at the helm earlier this week.

Several first-team players who tested positive last week are still in isolation while a few other players are also believed to have contracted the virus.

Guardiola is expected to carry out his media duties today for an update on the current situation before replacing him for Saturday’s lunchtime game.

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A win for the top team Prem City against second place Chelsea will help them to leave Thomas Tuchel’s men by 13 points with only 16 matches left in the league.

Chelsea recently welcomed back Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante, who had to miss two games after testing positive for coronavirus.

The pair came on from the bench in the Blues’ 1-0 win over Spurs to reserve a spot in the League Cup final.

Tuchel said later: “Generally important but I wish Thiago could stay maybe out.”

“We thought when we lost control and Andreas Christensen needed to come on, we should end up in normal shape.

“That’s the way management is in the game. I’d rather he had another practice session and maybe rested a little bit more.”

Thomas Tuchel and N'Golo Kante

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Thomas Tuchel and N’Golo KanteCredit: Reuters

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