Manchester City cancel pre-season friendly with Troyes due to UK’s new quarantine rules for arrivals from France

Manchester City’s pre-season friendly against French club Troyes has been called off due to new UK quarantine rules.

According to a statement from the Premier League club, both teams, which are part of City Football Group, have “explored all avenues” to play the match, which was to take place on 31 July.

However, the new decision introduced on Monday, the same day all coronavirus restrictions were lifted in England, ordered arrivals from France to be quarantined for five to 10 days, making it impossible to meet the schedule.

City say there are no plans to host a replacement game and the team will remain in Manchester, where they will continue their preparations for the new season at the City Football Academy.

A statement from the club read: “Manchester City are disappointed to confirm that our pre-season friendly at CFG ES Troyes AC has been called off.

“Both clubs have explored all possibilities of play, but recent changes to the quarantine rules by the UK government for travelers returning from France have made it very difficult to remove the necessary restrictions.

“Pep Guardiola’s first team will remain in Manchester and continue their pre-season preparations at the City Football Academy. There are no plans to replace the ESTAC friendly match with any other pre-season match.”

City will play the Preston North End Championship closed-door at Academy Stadium on 27 July, before traveling to Wembley to face Leicester in the Community Shield on 7 August.

The Premier League champions begin their title defense at Tottenham on 15 August.

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