Player News - Manchester City

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will have a tough selection process ahead of Sunday's match vs. Everton with so many returnees.

Hidden behind the big news that captain Vincent Kompany is fit from a knee injury and ready to return, midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been cleared from an illness that kept him out of the last week of training while winger Leroy Sane has also been passed fit after missing the last three league matches. While new arrival Gabriel Jesus is not yet eligible to play, only Fernando is an injury doubt as he recovers from injury.
Jan 13 - 9:47 AM

Manchester City fans will hope this is the end of Vincent Kompany's injury nightmares after recovering from a knee problem.

The Manchester City captain has endured a difficult year-and-a-half, missing more than a year with various knee, hamstring and calf injuries. But manager Pep Guardiola confirmed Kompany is fit and in contention to face Everton on Sunday after missing the last six weeks. However, it looks unlikely Kompany will break back into the starting lineup anytime soon. Said Guardiola: "It's the second or third time we are talking about that (Kompany's recovery). Hopefully he can stay for long and after I will see his level. We cannot deny how good he is at his top level. But everyone needs time when they have been injured for a long time. He has strong mentality and he knows what he has to do."
Jan 13 - 9:41 AM

Manchester City overcame a Fernandinho red card to beat Burnley 2-1 thanks to second half goals by Gael Clichy and Sergio Aguero.

Despite Fernandinho being sent off after 32 minutes for a dangerous two-footed challenge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Manchester City were able to hold off Burnley at the Eithad on Monday. Following the dismissal City struggled to reshape, which saw Guardiola bring on Sergio Aguero and David Silva at halftime. The introductions made all the difference as Gael Clichy broke the deadlock in the 58th minute, while Aguero doubled their lead just four minutes later with a fine finish. Burnley would pull a goal back in the 70th minutes but it was too little too late for the visitors. Up next for Manchester City is an FA Cup fixture with West Ham on January 6th, followed by a trip to Everton on January 15th.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 2 - 1:34 PM

Manchester City will have its goalscoring superstar back from suspension for the club's weekend showdown with Liverpool.

Aguero missed the last four Premier League matches serving a ban for his second red card of the season, which came out of a brutal tackle on David Luiz in a Week 14 loss to Chelsea. But the club has fared well without its star, winning the last three after a humiliating 4-2 loss to Leicester City. Manager Pep Guardiola will surely start Aguero up top after opting for a false No. 9 in recent weeks. However, it looks like John Stones will be missing along with Leroy Sane. Said Guardiola: "Aguero is ready - he came back good from Argentina. Finally, he came back after four games ban and we are happy he is back...John is much, much better. Vincent and Leroy I think will not be available to play."
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 09:54:00 AM

John Stones' injury is not as bad as initially feared and the Man City centre-back could be available for the trip to Anfield on New Year’s Eve.

Stones was making his first start in three matches but lasted less than 20 minutes when he was forced off after sustaining an injury during the opening exchanges against Hull. "He had a huge kick in his knee," said Pep Guardiola. "He could not run and that’s why we changed." They were concerns that Stones had damaged ligaments, however, further tests confirmed "it is just a kick, not anything [else]." There was also good news regarding Pablo Zabaleta [knee] who returned, ahead of schedule, to the City bench on Boxing Day after limping off against Arsenal just eight days earlier. Meanwhile, the Citizens will welcome Sergio Aguero back amongst the ranks as the Argentine has now completed his four-game ban.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 08:28:00 AM

Manchester City took a while to score but ended up winning comfortably 3-0 over bottom-of-the-table Hull City on Boxing Day.

It was Yaya Toure that got the scoring underway from the penalty spot after Andrew Robertson fouled Raheem Sterling in the penalty box in the 71st minute. From there the outcome was academic with substitute Kelechi Iheanacho scoring a second and Curtis Davies putting in an own goal well into stoppage time for the final scoreline. Given the opposition, this really doesn't count for a great deal for City but they did what they had to do and another Aguero-less match went by without incident or dropped points.
Source: espnfc.com
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 02:24:00 PM

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta said he is hoping to return from a knee injury by New Year's Eve.

The veteran right-back left the club's 2-1 comeback win against Arsenal on Sunday at half-time due to a knee problem and will now be assessed in the coming days with hopes of returning before the end of the year with a showdown against Liverpool on New Year's Eve. "Hopefully it is not too bad," Zabaleta said. "Maybe I can have an injection in there and be ready in, I don't know, maybe 10 days. We'll see. I felt it straight away after 15 minutes and I just tried to finish the first half. I was with some pain in the ligament and it was a risk to continue playing, possibly make it worse, and that's why I came off."
Source: Sky Sports
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 01:09:00 PM

Pablo Zabaleta will be assessed after he was forced off against Arsenal due to an apparent knee ligament injury.

The Argentine did not appear for the second half of Sundays clash at the Etihad and Pep Guardiola confirmed after the 2-1 win that Zabaleta was injured. The setback follows quickly on the heels of Ilkay Gundogan, who will miss the remainder of the campaign, although there is no indication at this point on how serious the injury to Zabaleta is. City travel to Hull on Boxing Day, and if Guardiola decides to retain a flat back four, then Bacary Sagna would be the obvious replacement. However, the Citizens have also favoured three central defenders this season which could see a return for John Stones who has been named on the bench for the last two games.
Source: The Guardian
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 04:23:00 AM

Raheem Sterling recaptured his early-season form for an incisive winner over Arsenal at the Etihad.

Kevin De Bruyne did a lot of the work on the winner with a spectacular cross-field pass to give Sterling a chance. There was still plenty for the former Liverpool man to do as he beat a defender and fired a pinpoint shot to Petr Cech's near side. The goal broke a deadlock created by goals from Theo Walcott and Leroy Sane early in each half. City were the better team for most of the match and deserved their three points.
Source: Espnfc.com
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 01:23:00 PM

Manchester City confirmed that midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury.

The summer signing from Borussia Dortmund suffered a ruptured ACL in a win against Watford on Wednesday and will now need surgery to fix the problem, which is expected to rule him out for the next nine months and may affect the start of next season. Said manager Pep Guardiola: "It's so so difficult for him, it's sad for him, we're going to miss him a lot, it's unlucky, but that's football. Now we need him to feel we are there and wait and come back safe. He’s going to be operated (upon) and be back as soon as possible." Without Gundogan, Yaya Toure could fill in until the return of midfielder Fernandinho while Fernando is also expected to feature in central midfield.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 07:20:00 PM

Ilkay Gundogan may not play again this season after Pep Guardiola revealed the summer acquisition from Borussia Dortmund would be out for a "long, long time."

The 26-year-old tried to play on after injuring his left knee midway through the first half on Wednesday, before finally succumbing to the pain. Gundogan left the pitch in tears upon realising the severity of his injury: "I'm so sad for Ilkay Gundogan as it looks like we'll be without him for a long, long time," Guardiola told reporters. "We'll know the extent of the injury when he has been properly assessed by the doctor." Gundogan dislocated his knee earlier this year playing basketball, an injury which threatened his move to City. But, the German star recovered in double quick time, settling well under Pep, and scoring five times across all competitions. His absence could open the door for Toure who has flourished since returning to the squad: "Yaya is an exceptional player. He can play as a defensive midfielder or further forward."
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 05:29:00 AM

Even without the suspended Sergio Aguero, Manchester City didn't need much to work past Watford in a 2-0 win Wednesday.

But possibly even more than the attack moving along without its star forward, manager Pep Guardiola will surely be pleased with the clean sheet—only the club's third of the entire Premier League season following the return of Nicolas Otamendi from suspension. Pablo Zabaleta started the scoring in the 33rd minute when he connected with a cross from Kevin de Bruyne to give the club a 1-0 lead. Then it was David Silva's turn as the midfielder scored the club's second in the 86th minute of his 200th appearance for the side. However, the news wasn't all positive as Ilkay Gundogan went off with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.
Source: NBC Sports
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 06:40:00 PM

Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and his defense had a nightmarish performance on Saturday, as Manchester City suffered a crippling 4-2 defeat at Leicester City.

Without Nicolas Otamendi unavailable through suspension, City's defense was unable to cope and were undone by striker Jamie Vardy. Goalless since September for Leicester, Vardy proved too much for City to handle as he hit a hat trick and caused problems throughout the match. Manchester conceded after just three minutes as Islam Slimani split the defense and found Vardy in space, while two minutes later Andy King curled an effort past a helpless Bravo. Bravo was then left on his backside after Vardy rounded him and scored his second in the 20th-minute, but a mis-played back pass by John Stones was to blame for Vardy's third goal. The poor defensive effort has given Pep Guardiola much to consider ahead of next Wednesday's fixture with Watford, with the sub-par play of Stones and Alekandsar Kolarov likely at the top of this list.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 03:40:00 PM

Raheem Sterling could come back into contention at Leicester City on Saturday after missing the last two games because of injury.

The 21-year-old sustained a kick to the knee at Turf Moor in game week 13, and despite training ahead of the clash with Chelsea, Sterling was not 100 percent and Pep decided to err on the side of caution. But, speaking after the 1-1 draw with Celtic, Guardiola revealed Sterling was "much better," and although he was not ready for the Champions League tie, he could return this weekend. The Citizens have three games over the next 8 days, and given the depth of Guardiola’s squad, plus his penchant for rotation, no-one is guaranteed a starting place and Sterling may have to settle for a place on the bench.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Manchester City were ahead at halftime but were outplayed in the second frame, as Chlesea would score three times unanswered and the Citizens made matters worse with two players sent off in the final minute of the match.

There is plenty to dissect from both teams in this one, but Manchester City's 90 minutes of effort will be overshadowed by a terrible high tackle by Sergio Aguero on David Luiz in the game's dying moments. Aguero and the rest of the club were frustrated by some non-calls by the referee during the course of the match, particularly an event where Aguero appeared to have a chance a breaking through alone on goal but Luiz made contact that brought Aguero down. City also had a sitter missed by Kevin de Bruyne and a goal disallowed from a free kick because Fernandinho was offside. Fernandinho was also sent off following the Aguero tackle for his antics in the following fray resulting from the foul. Expect to see a run of starts for Kelechi Iheanacho coming.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 09:58:00 AM



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