Player News - Manchester City

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Manchester City could be boosted by the return of Gabriel Jesus for the League Cup final this weekend.

The Brazilian phenom has not played for the league leaders in 2018 since suffering an MCL injury at the end of December, but is ready to return ahead of schedule in the next week, just in time as Raheem Sterling has just sustained a minor injury. While manager Pep Guardiola is playing it cautious with Gabriel Jesus' return, all signs point to a return against Arsenal this weekend. "We will see tomorrow [whether Jesus is fit enough]. He made the third training session and every day he is better. [Jesus’ return to fitness is] so important. When the people say the four titles can you do it, you have to have everything going for you."
Feb 23 - 4:40 PM

Sergio Aguero will not face retrospective action from the Football Association following his altercation with a supporter during the aftermath of Mondays FA Cup defeat at Wigan.

Television footage appeared to show the Manchester City striker pushing a supporter as fans descended onto the pitch at the final whistle. Aguero claims he was verbally abused and spat at by the Wigan fan, an incident which is being investigated by Greater Manchester Police, while the Argentine is said to be considering legal action for common assault. Both sides have been charged with failing to control their players after Fabian Delph was sent off, a decision which resulted in a heated argument between Pep Guardiola and opposing boss Paul Cook. However, the Football Association announced on Tuesday that no disciplinary action will be taken against individual players or staff. They have until 6pm on Friday February 23 to respond while both clubs have been asked to provide their observations following the crowd trouble at the end of the game.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 21 - 6:47 AM

Fabian Delph will miss this weekend’s Carabao Cup final following his dismissal at the DW Stadium.

The Citizens suffered only their third defeat of the season – all competitions – in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday night as League One promotion hopefuls Wigan overcame the odds to book their place in the quarters-finals. City dominated possession throughout, even after they went down to 10 men, but failed to create any clear-cut chances. Delph received a straight red for a tackle on Max Power which will keep him out of the next three domestic matches. "It was an unnecessary action and the referee decided what he decided," fumed Guardiola after the game. "I'm not here to judge. It can be a red. We have to learn." The defeat extinguishes any hope of completing the quadruple while Pep will need to consider his options at left-back with Benjamin Mendy [ACL knee] still on the sidelines. Danilo is best placed deputise.
Feb 20 - 11:50 AM

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus has returned to full team training, according to manager Pep Guardiola.

The Manchester City forward has missed the last month-and-a-half due to a knee ligament injury, but could return as soon as Monday's FA Cup match with Wigan. "Gabriel Jesus will be in training today. It’s good news. I don't know when he'll be ready to play – the first step was to make one or two weeks of training alone – but today will be his first training for the team." If anything, the Brazilian international looks likely to face Arsenal, either in the League Cup final next Sunday or in GW28, which could mean a well-deserved break for Sergio Aguero.
Feb 18 - 1:12 AM

Manchester City has received an unexpected surprise with the shock inclusion of Leroy Sane in the traveling squad.

The 22-year-old was expected to miss at least a month-and-a-half after suffering ligament damage in his ankle just two weeks ago against Cardiff City in the FA Cup. However, manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that Sane has made a quick recovery and is expected to be involved against FC Basel in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg on Tuesday. "I'm surprised. He worked a lot. He's young but I couldn’t expect him to be so professional. He's not in perfect condition but he won a lot of time, he wants to help us. He's with us and that's good news. The physios and himself have made a good job."
Feb 13 - 1:39 AM

Sergio Aguero scored four goals—all coming in the second half—in Manchester City's 5-1 win against Leicester City.

After Raheem Sterling opened the scoring in the third minute with his 15th Premier League goal of the season and Jamie Vardy equalized in the 24th, it was all Aguero all the time. The Argentine started his streak in the 48th minute after latching onto a cross from Kevin De Bruyne, who recorded three assists on the evening. The duo linked up again for another goal just five minutes later and Kasper Schmeichel didn't help his cause by gifting Aguero with a terrible pass out from the back for the hat-trick. But it was Aguero's final goal in the 90th that stunned the Etihad: a rippling shot that beat soared over Schmeichel, hit the crossbar and bounced down into the goal for the final tally of the day.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 10 - 2:27 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that forward Gabriel Jesus is set for a return within the next two weeks.

The Brazilian phenom has missed the last five Premier League games after suffering an MCL injury against Crystal Palace at the end of December. While Guardiola confirmed that David Silva, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus won't be available for the weekend, he said that the Brazilian, with eight league goals this season, is closing on a return by the end of the month: "Sane no, Foden yes, Silva no, Jesus no, Stones yes...[Sane] is much better, but he is still not ready. He is just running. But Gabriel is coming back soon - maybe seven days, 10 days, two weeks."
Feb 9 - 2:27 PM

In a classic David versus Goliath affair, Manchester City could not let an opening goal lead themselves to victory, dropping points to pesky Burnley, 1-1 at Turf Moor.

The Pep vs Dyche clash had everything you would expect but Burnley will feel the victors in this draw. City dominated possession, which the Clarets had no problem with, but they did allow Danilo space to shoot from long range and he scored a beauty in the 22nd minute, assisted by Bernardo Silva. The Citizens looked the likelier side to score the next goal for the rest of the half and into the second frame, but Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling were not finding the finishing touch. Sterling in fact missed a complete sitter and Burnley would make them pay with a late equalizer. Ederson was City's best performer, making a couple of world class saves that turned out to be the reason they earned the lone point.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 3 - 9:36 AM

Manchester City will wait on the status of midfielder David Silva ahead of the weekend matchup with Burnley.

Silva lasted only 31 minutes and was taken off in the midweek win against West Brom after suffering a side injury. The Spaniard has yet to train since and now looks like a major doubt for the weekend with Manchester City already missing Leroy Sane. "Yesterday he could not train he was recovering," Guardioa said. "He has a painful kick in the side. We will see today how he feels." Missing multiple games over the past two months due to family reasons, Silva has not recorded a goal or assist since Week 17. If he can't go against the Clarets, Ilkay Gundogan is expected to fill in.
Feb 2 - 11:27 PM

David Silva will be assessed ahead of the early kick-off with Burnley on Saturday after suffering a painful injury during the win over West Brom.

The Spanish playmaker was involved in a heavy collision with opposing midfielder Sam Field, a clash which Silva failed to shake off, forcing him off towards the end of first half. Initial reports suggested a blow to the hip, or the abdominal region, but after the game, manager Pep Guardiola revealed Silva was hit in a far more delicate place. "David took a tough, kick here in a painful area. I don’t know if he will be able to play in two days and a half because we play next at Saturday at 12 o’clock but we will see." Should he miss out, then İlkay Gündoğan is poised to come into the City side which is beginning to look a little stretched due to illness and injury with 7 players currently sidelined.
Feb 1 - 5:18 AM

Kevin De Bruyne produce another excellent performance as Manchester City picked up a comfortable 3-0 win over West Brom at the Etihad Stadium.

KDB registered his 11th assist in the league this season when he found Fernandinho with a meticulous throughball to break the deadlock in the 19th minute and added the second himself after the break. The Belgian started the counter-attacking move with a charging run from midfield, fed Raheem Sterling at the edge of the area and finished the return pass to double the lead with 20 minutes remaining. With the match in stoppage time, Sergio Aguero to added the third to take City 15 points clear at the top of the table. The victory also saw new signing Aymeric Laporte make his debut and 18-year-old Brahim Diaz feature off the bench.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 31 - 6:33 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that winger Leroy Sane will miss the next six to seven weeks.

The German international suffered ligament damage in his ankle after Cardiff City's Joe Bennett took Sane down with a cynical challenge in City's 2-0 win in the FA Cup over the weekend. That means the winger, who has seven goals and 10 assists this season, will miss the League Cup final along with the Champions League round of 16. Without Sane, City is expected to turn to summer signing Bernardo Silva while Ilkay Gundogan could also see more time alongside David Silva and Fernandinho. Said Guardiola: "Leroy is injured. It will be six weeks, seven weeks out...I have been here 18 months and I think English football is not like this."
Jan 30 - 12:08 PM

Manchester City completed the club record signing of uncapped French centre-back Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao early on Tuesday.

The deal is believed to amount to £57 million ($80.5 million). According to reports, City had planned to purchase Laporte in the summer but circumstances dictated that they made a move earlier for the 23 year-old whom they first pursued 18 months ago. Whilst Pep Guardiola refused to say whether the necessary paperwork was filed ahead of the 12 noon deadline London time on Tuesday which would have made Laporte available to face West Brom on Wednesday, Pep did state that the player is ready to fit straight into the City first XI. Guardiola said: "Yes, because he's fit, he's played in the last period, of course he has to adapt. The Premier League is special in many senses but he's intelligent, he will read the situation." Pep also said that he is "95%" sure that City's transfer business is done for the window, praising Mangala and saying that he will not be departing the club.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 30 - 10:48 AM

Pep Guardiola was left fuming after Leroy Sane was on the receiving end of a horror tackle which almost broke the wingers leg.

The Citizens booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 2-0 win at Cardiff, but the City manager was not happy with the performance of match official Lee Mason following a string of reckless challenges. "You have to protect the players," he said. "Not just my players, all players. Where there is fault, there is fault and when it is dangerous, it is dangerous. You are not more brave for kicking." Sane was caught late [high on the shin] by Cardiff left-back Joe Bennett on the stroke of half-time, a challenge which meant the German international was unable to reappear after the break. "He will be out for a while - minimum two weeks, three weeks, one month, we will see tomorrow exactly," Guardiola mused.
Source: talkSPORT
Jan 28 - 4:38 PM

Manchester City are hopeful that a club record splurge will be enough to sign Athletic Bilbao centre-back Aymeric Laporte.

The BBC report that the transfer will amount to £57 million, £2 million more than they spent for Kevin De Bruyne. The bid will trigger the release clause in the 23 year-old Frenchman's contract. Laporte has been at the Basque club since he was 16, and he made his debut in 2012, going on to play on 222 occasions for the side. He is currently uncapped for France. It is not thought that Guardiola is hoping to sign Laporte as a first team starter, more so as a reliable third option behind Otamendi and Stones with Kompany's fitness a constant issue and Mangala's performances erratic. City's shallow squad depth in this department was briefly exposed before Christmas when Stones was out with a long-term problem. City are also chasing the signing of Jonny Evans, but he is unlikely to be signed unless Mangala leaves Manchester in this window.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 25 - 7:11 AM


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