Football: Ilkay Gundogan is third Man City player to test positive for coronavirus in Sept

 Ilkay Gundogan is now in self-isolation.
Ilkay Gundogan is now in self-isolation.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has tested positive for the coronavirus, the English Premier League team announced on Monday (Sept 21), hours ahead of their first match of the new campaign.

The Germany international is now in self-isolation as the side prepare to play Wolves at Molineux.

"Ilkay is now observing a 10-day period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK government protocol on quarantine," said a City statement.

"Everyone at the club wishes Ilkay a speedy recovery."

Gundogan is the third City player to return a positive test this month, following Frenchman Aymeric Laporte and Algerian Riyad Mahrez.

City missed the opening weekend of the Premier League to give them extra time to recover from a late end to the 2019-20 season due to their involvement in the Champions League, in which they lost to Lyon in the quarter-finals.