Player News - Manchester City

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Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City cruised to a very comfortable 6-1 win over Huddersfield Town at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola's decision to alter his tactics and leave Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker out of the starting XI paid significant dividends in their home opener. The hosts were running on 25 minutes. Ederson sharpy picked out Aguero an with an 80-yard pass, and the striker drew out Ben Hamer, kept his composure, and chipped the goalkeeper for his first of the day. Gabriel Jesus added a second seven minutes later before Aguero jumped on a Hamer mistake to poke home soon after. Jon Gorenc Stankovic pulled one back just before half-time, but David Silva netted a brilliant free-kick shortly after the restart to quell a potential turnaround. Aguero completed his ninth PL hat-trick with a flick on 75 minutes, while substitute Sane forced an own goal for the sixth late on.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 19 - 12:43 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that midfielder David Silva has returned to full team training.

The Spanish playmaker missed the Community Shield and the opening-week win against Arsenal due to a niggling leg injury. But after training over the course of the last week, Silva is pushing for his season debut this weekend against Huddersfield Town. The veteran midfielder will surely be needed in the upcoming months following a serious injury to Kevin De Bruyne. Said Guardiola: "He trained in the last two or three training sessions. Last week, he was not fit – he had a problem in his leg – but he trained well in last two or three days."
Aug 17 - 12:48 PM

Manchester City confirmed that midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will miss the next three months due to a knee injury.

The Belgian international suffered an LCL injury in training this week and initial fears suggested a long-term injury. But tests with club-associated doctors in Barcelona this week confirmed that De Bruyne won't need surgery and will seek a return in December, if not earlier. Manager Pep Guardiola will have to choose between a combination of Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva, and Riyad Mahrez who could move into more of a CAM role. Said Guardiola: "The doctor said he would be out for three months. Hopefully, in that time, he can do as well as possible so that when he comes back, he can help us again...It’s not easy to replace Kevin but we are going to do our best...Kevin needs to rest and get the holiday that he didn’t get over the summer. We have players. We will see."
Aug 17 - 12:41 PM

Kevin de Bruyne could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines following the news that the City star has suffered a setback in training.

Although there has been no official update, respected journalist Kristof Terreur, who seems to have a good grasp of all things Belgium, confirmed that De Bruyne was injured on Wednesday. While tests to determine the full extent of the damage continue, Terreur does indicate that it could be serious, side-lining the playmaker for more than two months. Independent Manchester City fan account [@City_Watch] go as far as stating the injury is similar to the one which De Bruyne suffered in January 2016. During a Capital One Cup game at the Etihad, he appeared to catch his studs in the turf as he twisted, damaging his lateral collateral knee ligaments which kept him out until April [66 days]. De Bruyne had been working his way back to full fitness following his late return from international duty but is now walking with the aid of crutches and will travel to Barcelona over the coming to see Dr Ramon Cugat.
Source: Goal.com
Aug 15 - 11:36 AM

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva scored as Manchester City had a relatively easy time of it at the Emirates beating Arsenal 2-0 on Unai Emery's debut as manager.

Raheem Sterling didn't have the best of World Cups but he picked up where he left off last season for Manchester City scoring the opener and what turned out to be the match-winner. Sterling contributed again on City's second putting in Bernard Mendy who crossed to Bernardo Silva who was wide open in the center of the box and made no mistake. Arsenal had a few chances that went begging but overall, it was a strong start to the season for Pep Guardiola's side despite Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, David Silva, and Leroy Sane all starting the match on the bench or not even in the eleven.
Source: espn.com
Aug 12 - 1:00 PM

Gabriel Jesus has agreed a two-year extension tying him to the club until 2023.

The 21-year-old arrived at The Etihad in January 2017 from Palmeiras for £27m, and despite several high profile injures, he has still managed 20 Premier League goals [+ 7 assists] in 39 appearances. A metatarsal fracture almost ended his season prematurely in 2017/18 while a medial knee ligament strain curtailed his campaign for two months earlier this year. "I would like to thank the fans for the welcome and for how well they have treated me," he said on signing his new contract. "I can say that it was the best decision I've made in my life." The Club were also quick to commend Jesus who they regard as "one of the best young forwards in world football". Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added. "To have him commit his future to us is a huge boost. There’s so much variety in his game. I know how much Pep enjoys working with him and I am really looking forward to watching his development in the coming years."
Aug 3 - 6:40 AM

Manchester City are wiping their brow with relief tonight as new signing Riyad Mahrez will not be out of action for a few months through injury.

On Saturday, Mahrez was seen on crutches and in a protective boot after he sustained an injury which forced him off the pitch in the 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in Miami. "A scan has revealed no significant damage," said a City statement. Mahrez "could be available for selection for this weekend's Community Shield against Chelsea" on Sunday according to the club. Fantasy managers who thought the game of dice with Pep's rotation of his attackers would be postponed or made easier have not got their wish.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 30 - 5:45 PM

Summer signing Riyad Mahrez is an early doubt for Manchester City’s opener on August 12 after picking up an injury during the Citizens final International Champions Cup game.

The £60m winger fell awkwardly after tangling with Bayern Munich defender Chris Richards just five minutes into the game. However, Mahrez managed to hobble on until the half hour mark before being replaced by Bernardo Silva who scored twice to help City comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2: "I don’t know [the extent]. I wasn’t in the locker room," said Guardiola following the come from behind victory. "It was his ankle. We will see." Mahrez returned to Manchester on Sunday afternoon walking with the aid of crutches and his left ankle in a protective boot. Leroy Sane could come into the Community Shield side although Pep admits the winger is not yet up-to speed: "His physical condition is still not good, he has to train a little bit more, but he is not injured."
Jul 29 - 6:07 PM

Manchester City officially announced the signing of Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old signs surpasses Aymeric LaPorte as the club's most expensive signing in a £60 million move after signing a five-year contract through 2023. Mahrez recorded 12 goals and 13 assists last season after a down year following Leicester's title-winning 2015/16 season, where the Algerian won Premier League Player of the Year honors. Said Mahrez: "I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola. Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is perfect for me, and City's performances last season were outstanding. They're redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it."
Jul 10 - 11:07 PM

Manchester City is expecting to finalize a move for Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez by the end of the week.

The Algerian international is expected to take a medical this week at the Etihad after the two sides agreed to a deal in the range of £60 million, well short of the £80 million the Foxes sought for the playmaker. Meanwhile, City is also in talks to sign Napoli's Jorginho in a move expected to be more than £50 million after the Italian was held out of Carlo Ancelotti's preseason roster for the club's summer training programme.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 3 - 1:08 PM

England suffered an injury scare on Thursday when John Stones was replaced during the final game of Group G.

The Manchester City centre-back was one of only two outfield players to survive from the previous match, a 6-1 thrashing of Panama, as manager Gareth Southgate made a raft of changes for the dead-rubber clash with Belgium. Stones was replaced at the break by Harry Maguire and was spotted on the England bench with strapping around his left calf. However, Southgate was quick to play down any injury concerns by insisting Stones’ withdrawal had been planned and that he would be available for the Last 16 tie with Colombia next week. Despite the 1-nil loss in Kaliningrad, and finishing second in the group, England look to have a more favourable route to the semi-finals with an additional day’s rest and a meeting with either Sweden or Switzerland, in the next round, should they progress. Belgium host Japan and then face the prospect of taking on the favourites Brazil in the quarter-finals.
Source: Daily Mail
Jun 29 - 6:46 AM

Sergio Aguero is expected to miss Argentina’s final Group D game against Nigeria as manager Jorge Sampaoli rings the changes.

La Albiceleste are on the brink of a World Cup exit following their embarrassing 3-0 defeat by Croatia and the Manchester City star could be one of several high-profile names omitted from the starting XI on Tuesday. "Kun Aguero WON'T play in the decisive match against Nigeria," respected journalist Jose Alvarez Haya posted on his Twitter timeline. "Sampaoli will punish him for everything that happened the other day but publicly will justify it by sport reasons. Then will be out Argentina's only goal scorer in the World Cup that has played two very good games." His absence is likely to see a change of system with Gonzalo Higuaín starting his first game of the finals alongside Paulo Dybala while Angel di Maria could be handed a recall.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 25 - 11:08 AM

Manchester City defender Danilo Luiz da Silva is facing a race against time to play in Brazil’s final game of Group E after picking up an injury in training.

The 26-year-old was missing from the match-day squad on Friday after team doctor - Rodrigo Lasmar – confirmed Danilo had tweaked his right thigh during the team’s final session. He was replaced by Corinthians right-back Fagner, in the only change from the 1-1 draw with Switzerland, as Brazil secured a late win over Costa Rica to all but guarantee their progression to the knockout phase of the tournament. A return will to play depend on how Danilo responds to treatment over the coming days, but there is no suggestion at this stage that the injury could end his World Cup.
Source: Daily Mail
Jun 23 - 5:02 AM

Vincent Kompany will remain with the national team as he continues his recovery from injury.

Roberto Martinez confirmed on Sunday: "We are going to maintain the squad of 23 as announced," despite Thomas Vermaelen [hamstring] and Kompany [groin] being ruled out of the Group G opener against Panama. "We are not going to use any changes," he said. "Vinny has evolved better than we thought, even though we thought that he could have a good opportunity to be involved in the group phase." The news ends any hope of standby option Laurent Ciman featuring at the World Cup finals and the Los Angeles FC defender was allowed to return home on Saturday. Vermaelen continues his rehab in Moscow and he could be "medically fit" for the clash with Tunisia while Kompany "might" be available for the game against England on June 28. Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata could fill the breach during the interim. The Red Devils have no other fitness concerns after Dries Mertens was cleared following a recent hamstring complaint.
Jun 18 - 9:58 AM

Ilkay Gundogan is a target for Barcelona according to reports in England.

The Germany international arrived at The Etihad in 2016 and has two years remaining on his current deal. Gundogan is said to be happy in the north west, but, a switch to the Camp Nou does appeal as manager Ernesto Valverde looks to replace Andres Iniesta who joined Japanese club Vissel Kobe after more than 20 years at the club. Despite a major setback just months after his arrival – ruptured anterior cruciate ligament – Gundogan has established himself as a key member of Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad and his signature would command a hefty fee. It would take a figure north of £50m to begin negotiations, although the interest may prompt City into offering him a new deal. However, if Gundogan does move, then Guardiola could focus his attention on signing Toni Kroos from Real Madrid. He is a long-term admirer of the midfielder and now that Jose Mourinho has cooled his interest, City will feel they are well-placed to sign the 28-year-old.
Source: Daily Star
Jun 15 - 7:12 AM



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