Manchester City’s pre-season preparations took a double hit on Wednesday as a friendly against Troyes was canceled due to a change in quarantine rules and another match against Preston North End will now take place behind closed doors.
The city’s plans to gamble in France were canceled after the UK government announced that anyone arriving from the country must quarantine for a period of 10 days.
A City statement on the club’s official website said: “Both clubs have explored all avenues to play, but recent UK government changes to quarantine rules for travelers returning from France have made the restrictions requests too difficult to overcome.
“Pep Guardiola’s first team will remain in Manchester and continue pre-season preparations at the City Football Academy. There are no plans to replace the [Troyes] friendly with another preseason appointment ”.
This leaves the Premier League champions with only their only friendly match against Preston before taking on Leicester City in the Community Shield on 7 August.
And no fans will be present for the match against Preston next Tuesday, with the coronavirus closures imposed on the Academy building in the City ending on Monday and the proximity to the match prompting the club to adopt a “precautionary approach”.
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