Manchester City playmaker, Kevin De Bruyne, has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss their next three games.

De Bruyne, 30, contracted the virus while on international duty with Belgium.

When asked for a fitness update ahead of the meeting with the Toffees at Etihad Stadium, City boss Pep Guardiola said: “Jack [Grealish] is getting better after the international break. Phil Foden came back with a disturbing knock in his leg but he is getting better.

“Unfortunately Kevin got positive from covid in Belgium so he will be isolated for 10 days.”

The City boss added on De Bruyne: “Two days ago he told me he was positive. He is here [in England].

“Forget about the fitness and the momentum, now he is positive he has to recover well. The health of the human being is more important than anything else.

“So one person tests positive, be careful because still now people are dying. He is vaccinated so he is more protected. Hopefully he will have minor symptoms.

“The important thing is that he comes back when he is negative, he will start to train with us as soon as possible again and come back but it’s not about any concern about the rhythm or what we are going to miss. The person is more important.

“When someone tests positive we have to be careful and we have to help him and he has to be isolated at home and hopefully it will go well.”