Player News - Manchester City

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Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Fabian Delph will not travel with the squad to the Stadium of Light tomorrow after picking up a groin injury in training.

The Manchester City midfielder only ever had an outside chance of making the European Championships, but this latest setback means Delph will not be considered for the 23-man squad when the final list is submitted on May 31. However, the door hasn’t been completely slammed shut on the injury plagued 26-year-old who will remain on the standby list as his injury is not thought to be long-term: "If I needed him and wanted him to come with us, it's easy for me to call him and ask him to do so," revealed the Three Lions manager speaking ahead of the friendly against Australia. Hodgson also confirmed that Daniel Sturridge has not trained with the group, although the specifics of his problem remain unknown - Marcus Rashford "is going to play a serious part in the game."
Source: Sportinglife
May 26 - 5:09 PM

The rumor mill has turned out a doozy today with the news that Joe Hart could be headed to Everton to fill the Tim Howard-sized hole in net at Goodison Park.

The build-up to this conclusion has elements that make at least some sense. Pep Guardiola has been rumored to want to bring in former Barcelona pupil Marc-Andre ter Stegen as he ascends to the top job at the Etihad. At Everton, Tim Howard has departed leaving only an adequate reserve in Joel Robles for the spot. The Goodison Park outfit also have a new owner with lots of money which will always lead to crazy transfer rumors. Perhaps the stumbling block here will be City's need to keep their English players to make up the home grown numbers required by UEFA and the FA. Seems hard to believe that this one would happen but at least it's something to break up the monotony of Zlatan-to-United rumors.
Source: The Sun
May 24 - 1:57 PM

Yaya Toure's agent has indicated that his client's future should be decided within the next two weeks amidst interest from Inter Milan.

Once THE driving force behind Manchester City title drives, Yaya Toure has looked like a spent force over the past two seasons. He is still capable of moments of magic but his days of dominating at a league as physical and fast as the Premier League are likely over. Whether Pep Guardiola is interested in a reunion with his former Barcelona player remains to be seen but unless he thinks he can get something extra compared to what we've seen over the past two seasons then it seems unlikely.
Source: espnfc.com
May 17 - 2:00 PM

On Monday, England national team manager Roy Hodgson released the 27-man provisional squad for the European championships this summer following the conclusion of the Premier League season.

Hodgson named three Manchester City players in his plans for the team's upcoming friendlies as goalkeeper Joe Hart and midfielders Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling will feature in the squad. However, Hodgson and his staff will have to cut four players to get down to the requisite 23-man team for the summer's tournament. Delph is one of the favorites to be cut, but will have two friendlies to prove his worth. Raheem Sterling will be fighting for a starting spot while Joe Hart is practically guaranteed the spot in goal in the starting XI with Jack Butland out injured.
May 16 - 12:25 PM

Manchester City has officially qualified for Champions League next season after securing a point in a 1-1 draw with Swansea City.

Entering the game, the Sky Blues only needed one point to seal fourth place and entry into the playoff stage of next season's Champions League in Pep Guardiola's first season as manager and they did so in lackluster fashion, akin to their uninspiring end to the season. In what was Manuel Pellegrini's last game as the club's manager, City could only manage one goal in the fifth minute courtesy of Kelechi Iheanacho, who scored his eighth goal in all competitions on his 12th shot on target, as he put in Sergio Aguero's saved shot. Andre Ayew made things interesting in stoppage time of the first half but City held on in a scoreless second half for the draw.
Source: NBC Sports
May 15 - 11:59 AM

Pablo Zabaleta will spend more time on the sidelines with the Argentine full-back set for surgery to remedy a troublesome ankle problem.

Zabaleta suffered a calf strain at Southampton in game week thirty-six and the defender confirmed via his Twitter account that the injury had ended his campaign prematurely: ‘Sadly after an MRI scan I can confirm a muscle tear grade 2 in my left calf which is around 3 weeks off’. However, Zabaleta was expected to be ready for the Copa America which starts in June. But reports now suggest that the 31-year-old will go under the knife to ensure his fitness ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League season meaning Zabaleta will miss the tournament.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
May 14 - 9:16 AM

Manchester City could welcome back Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri to the squad for the season finale this weekend.

Manchester City has a massive game coming up this weekend, needing just a point against Swansea City to secure a top-four finish and a Champions League berth. In his last game as City manager, Manuel Pellegrini said Kolarov is likely to be available from a knock that forced him out against Arsenal last week while Samir Nasri is back training with the first team following an illness, although it is unlikely either will start. However, there won't be any surprise returns as David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta have all been ruled out with injury.
May 12 - 10:09 PM

Rightfully so, Sergio Aguero took home the Barclays Player of the Month award for April after scoring seven goals in five league matches.

The award was Aguero's fourth of his career as the Argentine international scored in all five Premier League matches in April, including a hat-trick against Chelsea. Aguero and his 24 goals are tied with Jamie Vardy and is currently chasing down Harry Kane for the Golden Boot, which will be settled this weekend. With that in mind, Aguero is sure to start despite his heavy workload (he played at least 60 minutes in eight matches since April 1), not to mention all the Sky Blues have to do this weekend is draw with Swansea to guarantee a top-four finish and Champions League berth.
May 12 - 10:03 PM

Aleksandar Kolarov has a chance of making the trip to Swansea after missing last weekends’ draw with Arsenal due to an unspecified muscular problem.

If passed fit, the left-back could replace Gael Clichy for the final game of the season. Pablo Zabaleta and David Silva will be fit within a matter of weeks but Vincent Kompany is expected to miss the start of the 2016/17 campaign after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured thigh muscle. Samir Nasri is back in the squad: "He is working as normal," confirmed Manuel Pellegrini who will take charge of City for the last time with Pep Guardiola poised to take the reins following his decision to leave German champions Bayern Munich.
Source: Man City FC
May 12 - 9:44 AM

Manuel Pellegrini offered up a dubious explanation for the absence of midfielder Samir Nasri from the team sheet on Sunday.

City faced Nasri's former club in Arsenal, which ended in a 2-2 draw, but Nasri was nowhere to be found until coming onto to the pitch in street clothes to salute the home fans at the end of the match. But Pellegrini offered up a variety of reasons before conceding that he was sick: "I try to choose the players I think are in the best moment for this game and for different reasons I think that was not the case with Samir...He is not injured. No, it is not attitude. No, it was not tactical. He was sick [for] two days during the week so was not able to play."
Source: Telegraph
May 10 - 1:22 AM

Manchester City is no longer in control of its Champions League fate after only securing a point in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the Etihad.

Following the draw, City rivals Manchester United can swoop in and steal the fourth Champions League place from the Sky Blues if United wins its final two matches this season against West Ham on Tuesday and on Sunday against Bournemouth, meaning City would be in the Europa League in Pep Guardiola's first season. To make matters worse, Manchester City had leads on two separate occasions after Sergio Aguero opened the scoring in the 10th minute before an Olivier Giroud equalizer. Kevin De Bruyne then scored his second league goal of 2016 in the second half before Alexis Sanchez scored to earn a point.
Source: NBC Sports
May 8 - 1:21 PM

Vincent Kompany has ruled himself out of Euro 2016 after he was forced off during the opening exchanges of Wednesdays’ Champions League game in Madrid.

The Belgium international has struggled throughout an injury plagued campaign but was slowly returning to full fitness following a month on the side-lines due to his fifth calf injury of the season. Rested at Southampton last Sunday, Kompany was recalled for the clash at the Bernabéu Stadium, but lasted less than 10 minutes before departing with an apparent groin problem. On Friday, Manuel Pellegrini confirmed his skipper would be travelling to Barcelona for further tests in the hope that he would know the full extent of his problem by Monday. However, Kompany confirmed via Facebook yesterday that he would he would not be ready for Championships in France: "I'll miss the Euros," he wrote. "To me that's very sad news. So I could be standing here, feeling sorry for myself. I could fear for my career, as others may do. I could give up. That is not me. I decide on my future."
Source: Setanta
May 8 - 7:09 AM

Manuel Pellegrini provided a mixed injury update ahead of his sides’ trip to Real Madrid on Wednesday night.

The Chilean boss revealed Yaya Toure had re-joined the group in training after overcoming a muscular problem. But right-back Pablo Zabaleta will miss the remainder of the campaign after suffering a calf strain at St Marys’ on Sunday. Following Tuesdays’ Champions League pre-match media briefing, the 31-year-old provided his own update via Twitter: ‘Sadly after an MRI scan I can confirm a muscle tear grade 2 in my left calf which is around 3 weeks off’. If City do progress to the final then Zabaleta could make the game which is scheduled for May 28 at the San Siro in Milan. He joins David Silva in the treatment room – hamstring – who will also miss around 21-days. Bacary Sagna is set to deputise in his absence.
Source: Eurosport UK
May 3 - 5:01 PM

Manchester City will have to do without Pablo Zabaleta and David Silva for Wednesday's showdown with Real Madrid due to injury.

While Zabaleta didn't feature against Real Madrid in the 0-0 draw at the Etihad in the first leg last week, City could be vulnerable at the right-back position. It will be up to Bacary Sagna to slow down Cristiano Ronaldo, who didn't play in the first leg but has been deemed 100 percent fit for the UEFA Champions League second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu. Meanwhile, the news of David Silva comes as no surprise given that the midfielder is likely set to miss the rest of the Premier League season after suffering a hamstring injury in the 40th minute of the first leg last week.
May 3 - 2:12 PM

Manchester City will receive a major boost this week after Yaya Toure was deemed fit before the club's biggest game of the season.

The Sky Blues take on Real Madrid on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu following a 0-0 draw in the first leg. But now they will have Yaya Toure in midfield against the Spanish giants. It will be interesting to see where Toure fits into the starting lineup after missing the last week with a thigh injury as Fernando and Fernandinho were stellar in front of the back-line. Without David Silva, Toure could take more of an attacking role but two goals from Kelechi Iheanacho over the weekend could see City play with two strikers.
May 3 - 2:05 PM



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