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Manchester City confirm Benjamin Mendy has undergone surgery in Spain.

The France international was released from the national team on Monday due to what the French Federation called a left knee sprain and meniscal lesion. It is not the same knee which was subject to reconstructive surgery back in September 2017. On Tuesday, Mendy hinted that a visit to see surgeon Dr Ramon Cugat was in the offing following an Instagram post from Barcelona, after reports from his homeland suggested he would need an operation to remedy the problem. Although there has been no official timeline given by the club, you can expect the player to remain side-lined for at least a month, with a view to Mendy returning to the training pitches within four-to-six weeks. So, barring a setback, he could play again before the end of the year. Pep Guardiola may look to Fabian Delph or Oleksandr Zinchenko to fill the void, alternatively, Danilo is fully fit, and the right-footed full-back has been called upon before to switch flanks.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 15 - 11:32 AM

Manchester City officially announced a new three-year contract extension for star winger Raheem Sterling.

The 23-year-old will now become the third-highest player in the Premier League (behind Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil) under a new contract that will pay him up to £300,000-a-week through the 2023 season. Sterling is enjoying one of his best seasons yet with six goals and five assists through 12 games this seasons, enough to link him with a potential move to Real Madrid. Said the England international: "I’m delighted to sign. My development here has been incredible. I felt from the minute I got here it was the right choice for me. It’s really paid off for me and I’m really grateful. Every season you come in you want to do better than your previous season. You want to try and develop and get better."
Source: Goal.com
Nov 12 - 2:19 PM

Manchester City dominated from the off at the Etihad and deservedly took all three points in the Manchester derby on Sunday.

City grabbed the lead early through their two Silvas. Sterling crossed to the far post to Bernardo Silva, who sent the ball across the goal for captain David Silva to finish. City held control for the rest of the half but they didn't pressure their red rivals as they had. After the break, Pep's side tried to put memories of last year's derby comeback by United to bed when Aguero riffled home, but United struck back from the penalty spot through Martial after sub Romelu Lukaku was fouled by Ederson. United pressed City and an equaliser looked possible before Ilkay Gundogan scored City's third and ended the contest.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 11 - 1:29 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that Ilkay Gundogan and Nicolas Otamendi are available tomorrow.

Manchester City will host Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday in Champions League play with two extra players to try to fit into the crowded mix. Gundogan has missed the last four weeks due to a hamstring injury while Otamendi has not featured in the last four Premier League games due to a couple of knocks. However, the Sky Blues will have to go on with Kevin De Bruyne. Said Guardiola: "They are ready. Except Kevin and Manga, they are ready..."Every game is important, and you have to evaluate. Shakhtar is the most important because it’s the first one. After dropping points against Lyon every game is a final. We have a chance to step into next round, then we have three or four days to think about United."
Nov 7 - 2:06 AM

Manchester City clinically destroyed Southampton in a 6-1 thrashing at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon.

Raheem Sterling proved to be the star with two goals and two assists on the day. After an own-goal from Wesley Hoedt opened the scoring for City in the sixth, Sterling started his clinic in the 12th minute by cutting past three defenders in the box and finding Sergio Aguero for his 150th Premier League goal. Sterling then served up David Silva in the 18th for a quick 3-0 lead. And at the end of stoppage time in the first half Sterling added his first goal. It wasn't long before Aguero and Sterling linked up again in the 67th minute for a 5-1 lead before Leroy Sane ended the scoring in second-half stoppage time with a goal to add to his two assists.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 4 - 11:59 AM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed the latest injury blow to Kevin De Bruyne: more ligament damage in his knee.

The Belgian star has not had the best luck this season—he suffered ligament damage in his knee in the first game of the season and missed six weeks. De Bruyne came on as a late sub in the last two Premier League games but, in his first start, suffered ligament damage to his other knee, ruling him out for at least a month. Fortunately for City, they have excelled without KDB, thanks to their midfield depth, including Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez, David Silva, and Ilkay Gundogan among others. "Unfortunately he is injured, but fortunately he does not need surgery," Guardiola said. "In between four and six weeks the doctor said he will come back. Kevin was out for two and a half months, we are sad for him. When you come back [from injury] you cannot expect on day one he will be the player we know he is.
Nov 2 - 3:42 PM

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne left the club's League Cup match on Wednesday with a knee injury.

The Belgian international only just returned from a two-month layoff following an LCL injury sustained in the opening game of the season. However, the most recent problem is not expected to be serious. De Bruyne made his first start since the return from injury but was subbed off in the 86th minute after taking a knock to his other knee. For the moment, the club has yet to provide an injury update, but the playmaker's status for the weekend is now in doubt. Said manager Pep Guardiola: "It's being checked by the doctor. Right now I don't know if it's nothing or something serious."
Source: Sky Sports
Nov 1 - 10:05 PM

Manchester City took three points from a trip to London in a 1-0 win over Spurs behind a Riyad Mahrez goal.

City took the lead early and never gave it back after Raheem Sterling beat England national teammate Kieran Trippier down the left wing. Sterling baited Trippier and let a long clearance bounce before taking control inside the box, moving past Trippier and finding a cutting Mahrez with a sharp low cross. Mahrez celebrated his second consecutive league match with a goal by pointing to the sky and dedicating his performance to Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a helicopter crash after Saturday night's game. City was unfortunate not to come away with another goal, but the victory marks the club's sixth straight Premier League clean sheet with Mendy, Stones, LaPorte and Walker making up the backline.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 29 - 6:04 PM

Manchester City has pulled clear atop the table, for now with Liverpool yet to play, after a 5-0 win against Burnley.

In the 17th minute, Sergio Aguero opened the scoring with his 149th Premier League goal for City, putting him behind only Wayne Rooney and Thierry Henry. But the game turned in the 54th with a controversial goal as Leroy Sane was denied a penalty. Both teams stopped playing as the referee put the whistle to his mouth but didn't call the penalty, leading to a loose ball that David Silva, who supplied the first goal, passed across for Bernardo Silva to score. Fernandinho and Riyad Mahrez then added a pair of spectacular outside-of-the-box goals. Leroy Sane added the fifth and final goal in the 90th to end Burnley's dismal day.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 20 - 12:09 PM

The remarkable return of Kevin De Bruyne will be complete on Saturday after being cleared from a knee injury.

Saturday's game against Burnley will mark just over two months to the day when De Bruyne went down with an LCL injury in the season opener against Arsenal. He was expected to miss three months, but manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that the Belgian international is fully fit to play on Saturday, returning alongside Fabian Delph. Said the manager: "Yes [he is fit]. I don’t know if he is able to play 90 minutes. He trained the last two weeks. He has no pain and is ready to be part of the group. He is such an important player for us. Whenever a player is out, I like when they come back because the stronger we will be. Kevin, there is no doubt how important he is for us."
Oct 19 - 11:10 PM

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



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