Manchester City kicks off the New Year at Chelsea on Sunday, eager to move on from a recent COVID-19 outbreak and get back to putting pressure on Premier League leader Liverpool.

The match, cast into question when COVID-19 forced City to close facilities and postpone Monday’s game at Everton, is set to go ahead after the visitor returned to training on Wednesday.

Surging infections in London and the postponement on Wednesday of Tottenham Hotspur’s match at Fulham, Chelsea’s West London neighbours, raised doubts but the Premier League is confident fixtures can go ahead.

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“Safety remains our number one priority, and the club will continue to proceed with great caution,” City said in a statement.

“The bubble will undergo further testing in the coming days, the results of which will inform and dictate the next…

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