Player News - Manchester City

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that defender Vincent Kompany has not suffered a massive injury setback.

The Manchester City captain sustained a groin injury in the late stages of the club's win against Swansea City, minutes after he asked to stay on instead of being subbed off. But the club expects Kompany to return for the next Champions League match with Barcelona after the international break. "They are injured, unfortunately they are not here but we are going to do our best to recover them as soon as possible," manager Pep Guardiola said. "It's not a big, big injury, so I think in a short time -- two, three, three-and-a-half weeks -- both will be ready to be with us."
Source: ESPN
Sep 28 - 6:30 PM

Kevin de Bruyne will miss tomorrows’ Champions League tie against Celtic and the upcoming Premier League clash at White Hart Lane but the in-form City star could be back "shortly" after the international break.

De Bruyne travelled to Barcelona on Sunday with teammate Vincent Kompany to meet with Dr Ramon Cugat, "the best doctor in the world" according to Pep Guardiola. Initial reports had suggested that De Bruyne would miss around a month but speaking ahead of Wednesdays’ Battle of Britain at Celtic Park, Guardiola was able to provide a positive update on the 25-year-old: "Kevin is not a big injury - in two and a half or three weeks, maybe he will be ready." Jesus Navas or Leroy Sane are favourites to replace De Bruyne as City aim to preserve their 100 per cent start to the season against the top-flights only other unbeaten side.
Sep 27 - 5:42 PM

Kevin de Bruyne is hoping the hamstring injury he suffered at Swansea on Saturday will only keep him out for a couple of weeks.

The City playmaker will have a scan today to help determine the extent of the damage but De Bruyne is almost certain to miss Wednesdays’ Champions League tie against Celtic and next weekends’ trip to White Hart Lane. Speaking post-match, Pep Guardiola had this to say: "From the way her reacted, I think it's a muscular injury but I am not a doctor. I don't know how serious it is so we will travel back and then see what the doctor says." With Nolito suspended until after the international break, the absence of De Bruyne could see Jesus Navas return to the side unless Guardiola fancies a slight change of formation with Kelechi Iheanacho partnering Sergio Aguero in a 4-4-2.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 25 - 9:47 AM

Sergio Aguero returned in fine form after a three-match ban, as he scored twice in Manchester City's 3-1 win over Swansea City.

Aguero once again proved why he is one of the best strikers in the Premier League. The Argentine opened the scoring against Swansea with a superb strike in the 9th minute and added a second with a composed spot kick in the 65th. The victory was then sealed in the 77th minute when Raheem Sterling scored after a well worked counter-attack. Aguero has now scored five in four matches, while Manchester City remain atop the table and unbeaten this season.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 24 - 12:48 PM

It was never meant to be like this. The return of Vincent Kompany was heralded as a new dawn for the player but instead his night ended in an all too familiar sight.

With minutes remaining, Kompany headed straight down the tunnel, leaving City to see out the game with ten men. Mystery shrouded his decision to walk off although Guardiola says he did notice the Belgian was struggling slightly: "The doctors are speaking with him and seeing what's up, hopefully it will not be a big, big problem but we are going to wait for the results from the doctors." Speaking after the game, teammate Gael Clichy appeared cautiously optimistic when asked about the City skipper: "I think when you've been out for a long time you have to be careful on your comeback," he told reporters. "Most of the time you don't play more than an hour so probably he was just a bit tired. I don't think it's something big."
Source: The Mirror
Sep 22 - 4:51 AM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he will not select Yaya Toure in the team until his agent apologises to the club.

Toure's agent, Dimitri Seluk, hit out at Guardiola after the midfielder was omitted from the club's Champions League roster for the group stage. Toure, who announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday, has yet to make the 18 this season despite injuries in midfield. Said Guardiola: "[Seluk] must apologise to his team-mates, to the club. If he doesn’t, he won’t play," said the 45-year-old. "It was difficult to leave him out of the Champions League squad but [the] day after, his [agent] went to the media. He has not had the courage to call me. From that moment he was out."
Source: The Guardian
Sep 21 - 6:51 AM

Manuel Agudo Duran or ‘Nolito’ as he’s more affectionately known will miss the next three games after his sending off against Bournemouth last weekend.

His dismissal was the only blot on an otherwise excellent day at the office for Pep Guardiola as his side eased to a comfortable 4-0 victory making it eight wins in-a-row [all competitions]. With only minutes remaining, Nolito took exception to Adam Smith and aimed a head-butt at the Cherries full-back. Although he didn’t appear to make contact, he was given a straight red for violent conduct which carries an automatic three-game ban. Speaking post-match Guardiola didn’t seem totally convinced that the offence warranted his sending off but "the referee took a decision and we have to accept that." If David Silva is passed fit, then the Spanish playmaker could make an immediate return to the starting XI. Otherwise, Pep may look to change his formation, keeping Kelechi Iheanacho in his side while trying to accommodate the returning Sergio Aguero.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 21 - 6:46 AM

Manchester City cruised to its second 4-0 win in the past few days with the dismantling of Bournemouth at the Etihad.

With one less day to recover due to their Champions League game being pushed back one day, the Sky Blues showed no signs of fatigue. Both Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling added a goal and an assist each while summer signing Ilkay Gundogan made his Premier League debut with a goal. Kelechi Iheanacho also added another goal in Sergio Aguero's absence. In team news, manager Pep Guardiola opted for Aleksandar Kolarov at centre-back over John Stones while Vincent Kompany made the bench. The only downside to the day was Nolito's sending off and likely three-match ban for violent conduct.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 17 - 11:59 AM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed David Silva is unlikely to recover from a knock in time for Saturday's match against Bournemouth.

The Spanish midfielder missed the club's Champions League win over Borussia Monchengladbach, which was pushed back to Wednesday due to a flooded pitch, and still needs time to recover. Ilkay Gundogan filled in and is expected to see his Premier League debut this weekend. Said Guardiola: "I don’t think tomorrow will be enough. I didn’t see the doctor or David. I don’t think it’s a big, big problem but it happened two days ago so I don’t think he’ll be able to play. We had for the weather one more day regeneration, now we have one less but it is what it is. We have to use the players every few days."
Sep 16 - 6:53 PM

Fantasy managers can breathe a huge sigh of relief after Pep Guardiola confirmed the Belgium playmaker is not injured.

Saturdays highly anticipated Manchester derby was officially the most expensive match-up in the history of football, with cumulative fees totalling over £570m. But while United were able to field the worlds’ most costly player – Pogba [£93m] – it was City star – Kevin de Bruyne [£54m] – who deservedly took the plaudits following an outstanding display. Firstly, de Bruyne latched onto a flicked header from Iheanacho to open the scoring, before returning the favour after his shot rebounded off the post for the 19-year-old to side-foot home. However, a perfect day was almost ruined when De Bruyne trudged off on 90 minutes with an apparent hamstring problem. But, speaking immediately after the 2-1 win, Guardiola allayed any fears: "Kevin was tired, rather than injured."
Sep 10 - 12:16 PM

Strong play in the opening half from Kelechi Iheanacho and Kevin de Bruyne was enough to help stave off an attempted comeback by Manchester United as Manchester City stay perfect with a 1-2 win.

The Citizens absolutely bossed this derby for the opening 40 minutes, with crisp passing and dominating the possession game. They scored the opener on the quarter hour when a deep ball by Aleksandar Kolarov was flicked on by Iheanacho to de Bruyne and the Belgian delivered a class finish. The duo were at it again in the 36th minute when a KdB shot hit off the post and the rebound gave Iheanacho the easy wide-open strike. Everything changed from that point on as United were able to pull one back before the half and were the more threatening side in the second frame but City were able to hang on for three massive points. de Bruyne came off just before the end of the match with a possible injury that we will need to wait for further information on. Iheancho proved again that he is a consistent goal scorer and will be of use any time Sergio Aguero is unavailable.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 10 - 9:36 AM

Manchester City's long-time captain Vincent Kompany has not recovered from injury in time for Saturday's Manchester derby.

The Belgian international returned to training before the international break and is closing on a full return. But manager Pep Guardiola said the club is waiting on critical blood tests to ensure he has fully recovered from a groin injury suffered in the Champions League semifinals last season. Said the manager: "Kompany is training but we are waiting for the blood test to be sure. He’s fit but we don’t want to take too much risk because of what happened last season. We will be sure when he comes back he is 100%."
Sep 9 - 5:54 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed three of the club's big summer signings are set to return for the Manchester derby.

Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan looks to have recovered from a knee injury dating back to last season while winger Leroy Sane took the international break to regain full fitness ahead of the Manchester United clash. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is fit and expected to start. Said Guardiola: "Claudio is OK, he had a little bit of a problem in his leg but he’s trained the last two days. Sane is in terms of his condition, is the best player - Gundogan is much better. Bravo is fit and ready - he’s 32, 33 years old - he has experience. No problem with that. He has to save the goals."
Sep 9 - 5:50 PM

Bacary Sagna has declared himself fit for Saturdays Manchester derby after recovering from "a little" hamstring tear.

Sagna was speaking to CityTV ahead of the early kick off at Old Trafford and the right-back is hoping to give Pep Guardiola a selection headache following his recovery from the muscular problem which has kept him side-lined for the past month. Sagna plans to give it his "maximum" in training to ensure the City boss has "some choices" but following their impressive start to the campaign, Guardiola may not want to tinker with his side too much after taking maximum points from the first three-games. Claudio Bravo will train with his new teammates for the first time on Thursday and a decision on his involvement will be taken after his fitness has been assessed, while those arriving back late from international duty also need to be checked.
Source: Daily Mail
Sep 7 - 11:58 AM

Vincent Kompany has stepped up his recovery from groin surgery by playing 50-minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

The Manchester City skipper was part of a star-studded line up at the City Academy which also included the likes Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan, but while the pair are said to be edging closer to a return following hamstring and knee injuries, Kompany won’t be considered until he is 100 percent fit. Pep Guardiola revealed his captain is having regular tests to measure CK [creatine kinase] levels in his blood which serve as an indicator for muscle damage and whether an individual has recovered fully following a period of intense exercise. "Every day Vincent is much better but still the blood tests are not perfect. And until the blood tests are perfect, he is not going to play with us. You have to avoid a situation where he starts he gets injured again. Ok, you accept the injury if it’s because of football, but not for the reasons that have happened to Vincent in the last three years."
Source: The Mirror
Sep 4 - 6:06 PM


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