Kevin De Bruyne will miss Manchester City’s game at Everton on Sunday and Wednesday’s Champions League match at home to Paris St-Germain as a minimum after testing positive for Covid-19.

 The Belgium playmaker is isolated after returning the positive test during the international break.

“He has to recover well and try and be healthy,” said Pep Guardiola, who learned of the positive test on Wednesday. “The human being is more important than anything else. [We have to] be careful because people are still dying. He was vaccinated, so he is more protected. Hopefully, his symptoms will be minor. It isn’t about our rhythm – we want him to be well.”

De Bruyne scored in Belgium’s 1-1 draw with Wales on Tuesday, with Pep Guardiola revealing that a positive COVID-19 test was the reason for the 30-year-old’s absence from first-team training on Thursday. 

De Bruyne will also miss the match against West Ham United at home in 28 November.