Both clubs explored all avenues to be able to play the game, but the recent UK government changes to quarantine rules for travellers returning from France, has made the required restrictions too difficult to overcome.
Pep Guardiola’s first team squad will remain in Manchester and continue their pre-season preparations at the City Football Academy. There are no plans to replace the ESTAC friendly with another pre-season fixture.
As announced earlier, City will face Preston North End at the Academy Stadium in a behind closed doors friendly on Tuesday 27 July, and will then travel to Wembley Stadium for the Community Shield, where we face Leicester City on Saturday 7 August.
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