Player News - Manchester City

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It wasn't the high octane clash of the Titans as expected, but there was a theatric ending, as Manchester City and Liverpool shared the spoils in a goalless draw at Anfield.

Pep Guardiola made a handful of changes following the win over Hoffenheim, as John Stones, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Benjamin Mendy were drafted in for Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane. The match was void of the end-to-end attacking football expected in the pre-match hype, but there was late drama when Virgil van Dijk hauled down substitute Sane inside the area on 84 minutes. With expected penalty-taker, Sergio Aguero, having been removed earlier in the match, Mahrez was given a chance to cement his place a fan favorite. However, the Algeria international blazed the resulting spot-kick high over the bar. The draw means City goes into the international break on top of the table, even on points (20) with Chelsea and Liverpool, but ahead on goal difference.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 7 - 1:54 PM

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is on the verge of making a remarkable return from a knee injury.

After suffering a knee ligament injury in mid-August, the Belgian star was ruled out for three months, marking him out until mid-November. Instead, De Bruyne has a chance to be in the team to face Liverpool in a battle for first place on Sunday, not even two months after originally suffering the injury. Meanwhile, Benjamin Mendy is expected to be in the 18 for Pep Guardiola after training following a foot injury that kept him out for the last three games. "Everybody is okay, Delph is not available... Gundogan has a little bit of a problem and he didn't train today - we will see tomorrow. KDB was training today."
Oct 5 - 11:33 PM

Ilkay Gundogan is an early for this weekend’s showdown at Anfield after limping off in the Champions League.

The Germany star was absent from the squad which faced Brighton and Hove Albion in week seven and Pep confirmed a decision had been taken to rest him ahead of the European tie. Gundogan started in his homeland, against Hoffenheim on Tuesday, however, his night ended on a sour note after he was replaced on 68 minutes clutching right hamstring. After the game, Guardiola confirmed the 27-year-old would be assessed by City’s medical team, although his involvement on Sunday is in serious doubt. Fortunately, the Citizens are well-stocked in midfield with Pep likely to deploy David Silva, Bernardo and Fernando in a 4-3-3. Despite injury concerns prior to the game, Sergio Aguero completed 90 minutes, although there are still no guarantees over the Argentine's fitness who will be monitored day-to-day due to an ongoing heel problem.
Source: Daily Star
Oct 3 - 5:27 AM

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy faces a fitness test ahead of the weekend match against Liverpool.

The French international has missed the last three Premier League matches due to a foot injury but is expected to return to training this week. Mendy has been in hot water over his tardiness and social media activity of late, but his return would be a massive boost at left-back where he would take on Mohamed Salah. Said manager Pep Guardiola before Manchester City's 2-1 Champions League win against Hoffenheim: "Delph? I don't think so. Mendy? Maybe. The doctor says he's much better. We have from Tuesday to Sunday, that's enough days. He didn't train with us but hopefully when we come back to Manchester he can train with us."
Oct 2 - 9:35 PM

Sergio Aguero could feature against Hoffenheim in the Champions League on Tuesday after being cleared to play.

Speaking ahead of the game, manager Pep Guardiola confirmed the Argentine had travelled with the squad to Germany. "He is here because the doctors said he is able - tomorrow we will decide whether to play him or Gabriel Jesus." Aguero has been nursing an injury since the win over Newcastle a month ago and the City boss admits the ongoing issue will have a bearing on his game over the next two matches. "Sergio is struggling a bit with some problems in his foot. He is not 100 percent. He has not recovered, and we spoke about playing about 60 minutes [on Saturday] and we were lucky he scored at the right moment. We have two games left before the international break and hopefully he can [play] these two and then make a final recovery. But he's not in his best condition right now."
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 1 - 5:06 PM

Manchester City comfortably overcome Brighton on Sunday at the Etihad on a 2-0 scoreline.

The story of the first half was City's constant pressure on Albion's defence. In spite of holding 80% of the possession, they went into the break with just a 1-0 lead. That had come courtesy of a goal from the in-form Raheem Sterling. He finished off a devastating counter-attack by meeting Leroy Sané delightful cross from the left at the back post. Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho, and Leroy Sané had all looked threatening whilst Shane Duffy had two chances. City were composed in possession and grabbed their second goal just beyond the hour mark through Aguero. His finishing touch after a fantastic move proved to be his last, and it also marked the end of the goals for the day as City smothered the game at 2-0.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 29 - 11:56 AM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola issued good injury news City fans and fantasy managers regarding Kevin De Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola issued good injury news City fans and fantasy managers regarding Kevin De Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy. Despite being ruled out with a knee injury for three months, Kevin De Bruyne could be back in training as soon as next week, which would see him return in half the time since since sustaining the injury in training in mid-August. Meanwhile, Benjamin Mendy is on the same timeline in his return from a foot injury after missing the last two games, although the French international faces the wrath of Guardiola after arriving at injury treatment late after attending last week's boxing match. An opportune time to return would be in Gameweek 9 after the 10-day international break. Said Guardiola: "Kevin is making the last steps now so we hope to see him back soon...[Mendy] arrived late, and that shouldn't happen but it does sometimes. He should be here on time and he knows it. I spoke with him but it is not a problem with his physical condition."
Source: The Guardian
Sep 29 - 3:22 AM

Lost in the team news over the weekend was the new contract signed by Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero.

The team's all-time leading scorer celebrated with his fourth goal of the season in his 300th overall appearance for Manchester City in a 5-0 win over Cardiff City. The new deal extends his current contract by a year, which will keep him at the club until 2021, when he is 33 years old. Said Aguero, who has always expressed a hope to return to Argentina at the end of his contract: "I am happy for this additional year. My idea was being here for 10 years. I've been here for seven years [and] it's going to be 10 when the contract expires. This was the main reason I signed. I'm very happy because they have treated my very well since the first day I got here. I'm very happy with everything that involves the club, my teammates, the staff and the management team."
Sep 24 - 10:31 PM

Manchester City bounced back from a disappointing Champions League loss to Lyon with a 5-0 win over Cardiff City.

But it was Riyad Mahrez who stole the show with two goals after coming in for Sergio Aguero in the 61st minute. Mahrez opened his Manchester City account in the Premier League in the 67th minute when he tapped in a low cross from Ilkay Gundogan, who recorded a goal and an assist himself, for a 4-0 lead. Mahrez made it 5-0 in the 87th minute with a beautiful curling effort for his second of a busy day, when City scored all their goals in the final 60 minutes of the match. Sergio Aguero started the scoring in the 32nd minute in his 300th appearance for Manchester City, while Bernardo Silva double the lead moments later with a looping header worth a replay.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 22 - 12:21 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that defender Benjamin Mendy will not be available for the weekend.

The French international missed last week's win over Fulham and the Champions League loss to Lyon on Wednesday due to a knee injury. But Manchester City has raised confusion over his injury after reporting the knee injury was actually an ankle injury, before Guardiola said on Friday that he has a problem with his foot. Meanwhile, Kevin De Bruyne is inching closer to a return from a knee injury as he eyes the Manchester derby. "Mendy is Injured," Guardiola said. "He has a problem with the bone in his foot. I spoke with the doctors [about Kevin] and he is telling me it’s going good and well but I don’t know. We will see. The important thing is when he comes back he is fit and can play the rest of the season."
Sep 22 - 12:05 AM

Sergio Aguero has trained ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Lyon on Wednesday.

The Argentine striker suffered a minor ankle injury during the win over Fulham last weekend and has been receiving intensive treatment in a bid to be fit for the match. On Tuesday, assistant City coach Mikel Arteta, who was speaking in the absence of the suspended Pep Guardiola, confirmed Aguero, along with Benjamin Mendy, would be assessed in training ahead of the tie. "We will see how they react in the next 24 hours, then make a decision." But, following on from the lunchtime press conference, City released a statement via the club website confirming Aguero "looked fit and raring to go" in a session led by Guardiola while Mendy missed out altogether - the defender remains a major doubt for the game against the Ligue 1 side. His absence is likely to see Fabian Delph continue to deputise at left-back.
Sep 18 - 4:55 PM

The absence of Benjamin Mendy was the cause of much heartbreak on Saturday when the flying full-back failed to make the matchday squad.

Very little was known prior to kick-off, although several media outlets suggested the official reason was tactical, ahead of their clash with Lyon in the Champions League. A move which made sense as Leroy Sane and Fabian Delph were afforded some much-needed game time. The great man himself was also on hand – via Twitter - to offer his apologies to the two million or so managers who had Mendy in their side. "So many broken hearts today 💔😂 sorry for letting you down guys." Post-match the news was overshadowed by an ankle injured suffered by Sergio Aguero, but Pep did offer a update following the win over Fulham. However, fantasy managers were left none the wiser. "It could be weeks or days and maybe longer." Reports from France on Monday suggest the knee injury is only a minor concern, although it could keep Mendy out of the game on Wednesday.
Source: The Metro
Sep 17 - 10:02 AM

Pep Guardiola reveals Sergio Aguero’s withdrawal versus Fulham was enforced after the striker picked up an injury.

With a European tie against French side Lyon on Wednesday night, many believed the introduction of Gabriel Jesus, early in the second half, was a tactical switch affording Aguero the opportunity to rest ahead of the Champions League. But, speaking post-match, Guardiola confirmed the Argentine will be assessed after suffering a problem with his ankle. "When he fell down, he felt something. He finished the first half [but] started the second half feeling uncomfortable. He could play, but we decided not to risk it. ‘Will he be fit for Lyon?’ We will see tomorrow." Just last week Aguero said. "It’s the best I’ve felt in years," following surgery in April to remedy a persistent knee complaint. "I feel fantastic ... I don't feel any discomfort," he told the club's website. "During the past few years, I felt pains at times and when last season came to an end, we decided it would be best to start treatment. And the results were positive."
Source: The Mirror
Sep 15 - 2:17 PM

Manchester City showed no international break letdown with a 3-0 win to roll past Fulham at the Etihad.

Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane wasted no time in capitalizing on his first start of a disgruntled season with his first goal of the season just two minutes into the match. Fernandinho sparked the opener by dispossessing Jean Michael Seri deep in the Fulham half and finding Sane for the tap-in. In the 21st minute, David Silva scored his second goal of the season in his 350th match for City when he pounced on a loose ball in the box in the 21st minute. After regrouping in the second half, it took Manchester City just two more minutes to score a third when Sergio Aguero's cross found a wide-open Raheem Sterling in the box to give him two goals in the last two and send City up the table and into third.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 15 - 11:59 AM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that winger Raheem Sterling is fit to face Fulham this weekend.

The prolific attacker was held out of international duty with England last week after picking up a minor back injury after the Newcastle match, where he scored a goal. Guardiola also hinted the club is working on a contract extension for Sterling after a career year last season with 18 goals and 17 assists. "Yeah, he’s fit. It’s well-known that we are delighted with him – we would like to continue (with him). The Club asked my opinion and I shared my opinion. Sometimes, this kind of thing needs time. What is important is Raheem and his people."
Sep 14 - 11:20 PM



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