Player News - Manchester City

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David Silva kept up his stellar form by bagging a brace as Manchester City plowed over another opponent, disposing of Swansea City, 0-4.

The Citizens can smell the title as we have yet to hit the halfway point of the season. Silva got today's scoring started in the 27th minute, when he flicked in a cross sent by Bernardo Silva. Seven minutes later, Raheem Sterling drew a foul that allowed Kevin de Bruyne to score a distance free kick. Silva put the game to bed early in the second half with his second goal, chipping the ball in after playing a lovely 1-2 with Sterling. Sergio Aguero, who came close to scoring many times over the course of the match, finally got his reward with the final goal, scoring from a tight angle after a pass from Yaya Toure. Spurs are up next, but even if City were to just draw at home in that one, they will be on pace to finish on 100 points in the table.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 13 - 4:47 PM

Manchester City took a major step towards its first title under Pep Guardiola with a 2-1 win at Manchester United on Sunday evening.

The Sky Blues now go 11 points over their hated rivals with the win at Old Trafford, setting an English top-flight record with their 14th straight victory this season. The bulk of the action was bundled together at the end of the first half as David Silva opened the scoring in the 43rd minute. The City captain latched onto Romelu Lukaku's errant header following a corner kick and sent it past David De Gea for the opening goal. A defensive miscue from Fabian Delph that led to Marcus Rashford's equalizer just four minutes later, but City took advantage of another Lukaku error off another set piece, pouncing on a bad clearance and finishing in the 54th minute. In team news, Vincent Kompany left at half-time, reportedly due to a flare up of his recent injury, while Sergio Aguero was left on the bench in favor of Gabriel Jesus.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 10 - 1:37 PM

Manchester City defenders Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph will face fitness tests ahead of Sunday's match.

The duo missed the club's Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk with Delph suffering from illness while Kompany sustained an unspecified injury in the warmup of the midweek match. While manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that David Silva will return to face Manchester United, Kompany and Delph will have to prove their fitness on Saturday: "Kompany before the game against Shakhtar felt something and was not comfortable, and that’s why he could not play. He knows his body better than anyone. He felt something and couldn’t play against Donetsk. I wanted him to play to get rhythm before Old Trafford. Tomorrow we will know if he can play. [Fabian] Delph was sick, he vomited and had a fever and that’s why he couldn’t play."
Dec 8 - 1:41 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that midfielder David Silva is fully fit for Sunday's showdown.

Earlier in the week, Guardiola said the midfielder would be a doubt for the weekend derby match with Manchester United before Silva was kept out of the club's Champions League match with Shakhtar Donetsk due to the knock. But in his pre-match press conference, the manager said Silva has been cleared for the club's biggest game of the season: "He’s going to play. The doctor told me in the beginning of the week there was a doubt about him playing but today he arrived and said he felt really good, so he’s going to play."
Dec 8 - 1:33 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said that midfielder David Silva remains a doubt for the upcoming derby match with Manchester United.

Guardiola confirmed that Silva wouldn't be available to face Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday in a meaningless Champions League game for the group winners, but also said Silva, who leads the league in assists along with Kevin De Bruyne, could be missing at the weekend due to a knock: "David had a little bit of problems in the last minutes. We made a test after the game and I don't know if he is able to play on Sunday, so that's why he stayed there, to recover in Manchester. It's something, something uncomfortable he felt in the last minutes, before the goal he felt something. Hopefully he can be fit for Sunday but it was too risky to play him [Wednesday]." United manager Jose Mourinho has already written off Guardiola's claim as mind games ahead of the weekend.
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 6 - 4:43 AM

Pep Guardiola won’t be taking any risks ahead of this weekends’ Manchester derby having already secured a place in the knockout phase of the Champions League.

City can relax knowing they have already won Group F on the back of five straight victories while their opponents – Shakhtar Donetsk – will progress if they avoid defeat against the Premier league leaders or if Napoli fail to beat Feyenoord. David Silva has been omitted from the travelling party due to an ongoing niggling injury while Kevin De Bruyne will also miss out as he is suspended for the game. Other notable absentees include John Stones [hamstring] who is said to be targeting a return around Christmas and Benjamin Mendy [ACL knee]. Youngsters Phil Foden, Brahim Diaz, Tosin Adarabioyo and Daniel Grimshaw have been drafted into the squad by Guardiola. Fringe players Bernardo Silva, Yaya Toure, Eliaquim Mangala, Danilo and Ilkay Gundogan could all start in the Ukraine while Gabriel Jesus is hoping to be named in the XI following his introduction from the bench on Sunday.
Dec 4 - 7:00 PM

Manchester City's John Stones said he's right on track to return for Manchester City toward the end of the festive period.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola originally said the young center-back would be missing for four to six weeks after suffering a hamstring injury two weeks ago against Leicester City, and Stones said over the weekend that it looks like he's right on schedule. "It's been a long time since I've been out injured - the rehab is going well and hopefully I'll be back soon. I'd like to be back out there for Christmas but let's see where it goes. I think it might be just after." Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany have been the club's starting center-halves of late although the busy festive period will test the club's depth.
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 4 - 6:05 PM

John Stones reveals it is likely to be early 2018 before he makes a return to first-team action.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Stones admitted his rehab "is going well" but a return this month looks improbable. "I'd like to be back out there for Christmas but let's see where it goes," he said. "[However] I think it might be just after." Fortunately, the loss of Stones coincided with the return of Vincent Kompany, although given the skippers injury record in recent years, Pep knows he cannot rely fully on the Belgium international. Nicolas Otamendi has formed the mainstay of the City defence this season, starting all but one Premier League game, but elsewhere there is a serious lack of quality centrally which could force Guardiola to spend during the January window. Eliaquim Mangala demonstrated once again this weekend that he isn’t fit for purpose and City could be ready to make a move for Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez to bolster their ranks.
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 3 - 4:24 PM

It was another struggle for Manchester City but it was their captain David Silva who scored late in the 2-1 win over West Ha m.

Manchester City haven't been at their rampant best over the past week but they have managed to pull out results anyway. Their first goal had a hint of controversy as Fabian Delph dove to win a free kick that led, eventually, to an equalizer. There was nothing wrong with the winner as Silva scored from a Kevin De Bruyne assist.
Source: Espnfc.com
Dec 3 - 1:07 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that midfielder Leroy Sane is available for the weekend.

The 21-year-old has been a revelation this year for Manchester City with six goals and six assists, but was held out of the club's 2-1 win against Southampton due to illness. "He was sick," Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference. "He had fever the day of the game against Southampton. And now yesterday he was in the training session." However, Guardiola said he will have to decide on whether Sane, along with Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho, starts as the trio are all sitting on four yellow cards.
Dec 2 - 3:58 AM

Raheem Sterling scored a picturesque winner in the final minute of stoppage time to extended Manchester City's unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory over Southampton.

Southampton appeared set to end City's win streak when Oriol Romeu smashed home off the bar in the 75th minute to cancel out Kevin De Bruyne's deflected second half free kick. But Sterling, who scored the late winner at Huddersfield Town on Sunday, once again showed up with late heroics. The England winger, six minutes into stoppage time, played a quick one-two with KBD before shooting from the edge of the box and curling his strike past the outstretched hands of Fraser Forster. Sterling's ninth league goal secured a club-record 12th-successive Premier League victory for City which restores their eight-point lead at the top of the table.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 29 - 6:08 PM

Manchester City imperious unbeaten run continued with yet another victory, their 12th in 13 games.

The John Smith Stadium was rocking for the visit of the league leaders and the home fans had reason to be cheerful at half-time. The Terriers had done ahead after a Tom Ince corner, directed by Schindler, found its way into the net via a deflection off Otamendi for an OG. However, parity was restored after the break when Raheem Sterling won a penalty and Aguero, who started unexpected, converted. City pressed for the winning goal and went close when Sané hit the bar from a free however it wasn't until the introduction of Jesus and change in formation (leaving just three defenders) that City successfully struck. With mere minutes of normal time left Jesus' shot from close range was saved by Lossl but the ball bounced into the thigh of the onrushing Sterling and then over the 'keeper's head into the net. Insult was added to Huddersfield's injury when Rajiv van la Parra was sent off after the final whistle as tempers frayed and he clashed with Sané.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 26 - 1:43 PM

Pep Guardiola confirmed that Manchester City has a mostly clean bill of health ahead of the busy week.

Minus Benjamin Mendy's long-term knee problem and a recent injury to John Stones, Manchester City will have a full squad for its trip to Huddersfield Town tomorrow, which starts a seven-day period featuring three Premier Leagues—so expect lots of rotation, especially from a Guardiola side full of attacking options. Even Vincent Kompany has remained healthy this month, coming through a start last weekend. Said the manager in his pre-match press conference: "Nothing. Everybody is okay. Yesterday was a day off. Today, I want to see how everyone is. Vincent is ready to play."
Nov 24 - 4:54 PM

Manchester City will be pushed to the limits of its bench following another injury to a defensive starter.

The club is already without starting left-back Benjamin Mendy and will now be without John Stones for at least the next month after he suffered a hamstring injury against Leicester City over the weekend, with saw him leave in the 31st minute. Without Stones, look for Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Managal to fill in, although that leaves the club thin in defense. Said manager Pep Guardiola: "He will be out for a long time, I think -- a muscular problem -- maybe four to six weeks. The only problem is we have a lot games and John was in that moment -- the way he played with the ball and without it, leading the back four."
Source: ESPN FC
Nov 21 - 5:18 PM

Manchester City stayed undefeated with an easy 2-0 win against Leicester City thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus.

Manchester City waited until the final moments of the first half to take the lead with a beautiful team goal that featured roundabout passing along the edge of the box with Sterling finding De Bruyne, who thread the needle to David Silva, who sent a sharp pass to Gabriel Jesus. The goal gives the Brazilian a share of the team lead on eight with Sergio Aguero, who was unused on the bench following a fainting spell this week. But it was De Bruyne's third goal of the season that was the highlight, blasting a shot from outside of the box to double the lead in the 49th minute. The only bad news for City was a first-half hamstring injury to John Stones that will be assessed this week.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 18 - 12:05 PM


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