Newcastle United are expected to be without four players when they travel to play Manchester City in the Premier League on Boxing Day. Newcastle United have been hit by the dreaded Covid-19 in recent weeks with their training ground sealed for many days because of the breakout of the virus earlier this month. The sealed training ground meant that the Premier League game between Aston Villa and Newcastle United was called off. Several Newcastle United players are still recovering from the virus and they will all sit out the trip to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City.
Unlike Newcastle United, Manchester City had a very good Carabao Cup quarterfinal outing. Manchester City beat hosts Arsenal 4-1 to ensure that their target of winning the competition for a fourth straight season is still alive. RiyadMahrez, Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus and AymericLaporte were all on target against the Gunners. Manchester City will now face Manchester United in the last four of the competition that they have won in each of the last three seasons. For the Newcastle United game, only Spanish centre back Eric Garcia will miss the league clash due to injury.