The postponed match against Arsenal currently leaves Pep Guardiola’s side with three games to squeeze in somewhere before the end of the season.

Manchester City are going for a fixture pile-up in the end of the season, no matter whether the coronavirus has a much larger effect on European soccer.

The Premier League chose to postpone Wednesday’s game against Arsenal over Covid-19 anxieties after Gunners staff had come into contact with Olympiacos proprietor Evangelos Marinakis, who was diagnosed with the virus.

As it now stands, City need to rearrange three games before the scheduled closing day of the year on May 17.

The Arsenal game was moved after City attained the Carabao Cup closing, while Premier League matches off to Chelsea and at home to Newcastle must be rescheduled due to their progress from the FA Cup.

At present, the season schedule is untouched, with the Premier League with no plans to postpone any games this weekend or in the weeks and months ahead.

City are preparing for Saturday’s match against Burnley and Tuesday’s Champions League second leg against Real Madrid as normal, with the matches intended to play in front of fans in the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s first-team players participate in a complete training session on Wednesday after being due at the Etihad Campus for their typical light session on the afternoon of a match.

The team is closely monitoring the situation surrounding coronavirus and are following government advice in addition to in the applicable footballing authorities.

But possible dates for playing City’s three games that need rearranging are decreasing, especially if they continue to make progress in the Champions League.

No alternatives have been considered, with club resources saying it’s hard to plan at the moment with the seriousness of the outbreak unfamiliar or the way the calendar is very likely to be affected.

Meanwhile, Guardiola says he’d rather leagues were suspended than playing behind closed doors with no fans.

Matches in Spain and a few in France and Germany will be performed in empty stadiums but the City boss does not see it as a long-term remedy.

“If it is a brief time, 1 game, then fine but, if it is longer, it has to be suspended,” he said ahead of the postponed game against Arsenal.

“I wouldn’t love to play games in the Premier League, the Champions League or the cups with no people. We perform for the people. If they can not be there, it makes no sense.

“It is like an actor going to the theatre when nobody is there. Who are you acting for that evening? There’s absolutely no reason to play with no people.

“Soccer is for people. But we will follow the directions of the authorities.”