Manchester City are set to hand goalkeeper Zack Steffen his Premier League debut at Chelsea today (Sunday) following the Covid-19 outbreak at the Etihad.
City have confirmed five players will miss the game after testing positive.
The 6ft 2in Philadelphia-born keeper was signed from Columbus Crew in 2019 and spent last season on loan with Fortuna Dusseldorf, where his appearances were restricted by a knee injury.
Steffen has played four times for City in cup games this season and has won 18 USA caps, including a clean sheet against Wales in November.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola said of the 25-year-old keeper after his debut against Bournemouth in the League Cup: ‘He was calm. He was safe. He gave a good performance.’
The City manager, who lost his mother to Covid earlier in the pandemic, says football is not unique in having to deal with upheaval.
‘All around the world people are managing a strange and unusual situation. The best way is to adapt. Sometimes you have to take decisions day-by-day as things happen,’ he said.