Player News - Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola believes John Stones will be ready for the World Cup as he works his way back to full fitness.

An abductor injury has kept the City defender sidelined for almost three weeks, but Stones is on the mend and should play a part during the run-in. "It is getting better," said Guardiola. "Hopefully he can play the last games." When asked if he thought the 23-year-old would be ready for the World Cup finals in Russia, the Spaniard replied: "I think he will be fine, yes." Stones has had a disappointing 2018 with just three Premier League starts having begun the season well. The return of captain Vincent Kompany and the excellent form of Nicolás Otamendi has limited him to less than 12 hours of football – across all domestic competitions – since January. He did however, feature in England’s two recent friendly internationals against Netherlands and Italy. Despite an assured performance in Amsterdam, Stones endured a mixed evening at Wembley four days later, gifting Ciro Immobile an early chance and is still prone to mistakes.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 22 - 3:53 PM

Manchester City reminded everyone of why they deserve their league title this season with a dominant 5-0 win over Swansea City.

City took the lead early in the first half after holding possession well, with Raheem Sterling teeing up David Silva for the Citizens' first. Sterling himself scored soon after, tapping in a Delph cross. City continued their good work in the second half and Kevin de Bruyne got his name on the scoresheet with a long-range thunderbolt, his fifth from outside the box this season. Raheem Sterling won a penalty for City, which Lukasz Fabianski tipped onto the post, only for Bernardo Silva to score it. Jesus atoned for his miss with a header late on, ably assisted by Yaya Touré's precise chip over the hapless Swansea defence. City close in on a number of Premier League records, whilst the PL's only Welsh side are far from safe 4 points ahead of 18th placed Southampton.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 22 - 1:35 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola announced that forward Sergio Aguero will not return this season.

The forward had arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome knee this week, after playing with the injury since mid March, in the hopes of being available for the World Cup this summer with Argentina. The expected recovery time for such an injury is four to six weeks, barring any setbacks. Manchester City will also be without Fernandinho, due to suspension, this weekend, but otherwise look to be fit. Said Guardiola about Aguero: "Here, yes. It is four or five weeks [out]. Hopefully he is going to be ready for the World Cup and he will be ready for the next season. He is in Barcelona right now, for the first part of the rehabilitation he is going to be there."
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 20 - 12:32 PM

Sergio Aguero's arthroscopic surgery could have more repercussions that just the end of the Premier League season.

Aguero has likely been ruled out for the remainder of the season after sustaining a couple knocks to his knee over the last few weeks, but Argentina's team doctor has his doubts over Aguero's place in the World Cup team this summer, saying that the star striker at least won't be 100 %. Said Homero D'Agostino: "That a player has undergone an arthroscope with 60 days to go before the World Cup is worrying. The recovery process will require at least five weeks...It's never going to be less than three or four weeks, or even more. I imagine that he will not arrive 100 percent fit with the limited time that is left before the World Cup."
Source: ESPN
Apr 18 - 3:07 PM

Sergio Aguero is expected to miss the remainder of the season following a small surgical procedure on his knee.

The Argentine star was injured in training over a month ago but returned for a 15-minute cameo in the Manchester derby, only be caught by a heavy Ashley Young challenge which somehow went unpunished by referee Martin Atkinson. Speaking ahead of the Tottenham clash at Wembley, Guardiola confirmed Aguero would miss the game: "He made a huge effort [to play] in the last 20 minutes [against Liverpool] then said he couldn't run," revealed the City boss. "He had problems with his knee and could not train. Hopefully he will be ready for the last games and the World Cup." However, having clinched the Premier League title on Sunday, a decision was taken for Aguero to go under the knife to remedy a niggling problem. The striker is said to be targeting a return in May. "Recovering from an arthroscopy on my knee," he tweeted on Tuesday. "Fully motivated to get back soon to the field."
Apr 17 - 10:56 AM

A goal and assist from both Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus powered Manchester City past Spurs on Saturday night.

But it's Sterling in particular who has been shining of late for City, who are now only three points away from clinching their first Premier League title under Pep Guardiola. After the Sky Blues took a two-goal lead in a three-minute span starting in the 22nd minute, Spurs looked to find their bearings, cutting into the City lead and putting the visitors on the back foot in what was shaping up to be a repeat of the collapse against Manchester United last weekend. But it was Sterling who came to City's rescue with his goal in the 72nd to put the match to bed. It was the former Liverpool man's 17th goal of the season, who now has three goals and three assists in his last five Premier League matches. Sterling may be one to watch out for in the home stretch, especially in the double gameweek Week 37.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 15 - 7:28 AM

Manchester City will have to fend off Tottenham without star forward Sergio Aguero due to a knee injury.

The Argentine forward came off the bench against Liverpool in a 2-1 Champions League loss this week, hobbling through the second half. Aguero missed much of March with a knee injury and then suffered a reaction after a challenge from Manchester United winger Ashley Young last weekend. Said Guardiola: "He was injured before the game [against Liverpool] but tried to help us. That's why he could not play from the beginning. He was not ready...He played less than 15, 20 minutes and after said he cannot run and was in a lot of pain. I don’t if he will be ready for Swansea. Hopefully for the last games we can have him.
Apr 13 - 5:31 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that defender John Stones is a doubt for the week due to an adductor injury.

The former Everton star missed the Manchester derby this weekend with the injury and is not expected to take part in the club's Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Liverpool tomorrow after not training Monday, along with defender Danilo. Said Guardiola: "In the last game, he had concussion with the national team, he could not play at Everton and did not train. And then before United again he felt something in his adductor and it was not perfect, so I decided not to take a risk. He knows the confidence I have in him, this season he grew up. He has to fight with these guys to convince me [he should play]."
Apr 9 - 4:19 PM

Manchester City will have to wait for another day to clinch Pep Guardiola’s first Premier League title with a 3-2 loss to Manchester United.

Despite resting several starters (Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero) for the upcoming Champions League second leg quarterfinal tie against Liverpool on Tuesday, City were up 2-0 by half-time. First came Vincent Kompany's header off a corner in the 25th minute that saw the captain celebrate raucously in front of his home support. Just five minutes later, Ilkay Gundogan doubled their lead with a beautiful turn off a pass from the wing that was certain to earn the club its second trophy of the season. But City shipped three goals in the second half, including two goals to Paul Pogba, in what has been a tough week for City.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 7 - 2:27 PM

Ahead of a massive week for Manchester City, Pep Guardiola said Sergio Aguero will face a fitness test on Saturday.

Manchester City can win the league on Saturday with a win over hated rivals Manchester United, but also have a huge Champions League deficit to overcome against Liverpool at home on Tuesday: both of which Aguero will want to be a part of if he can shake a knee injury. "I don’t know right now [whether he will play]," Guardiola said. "We have training this afternoon and we are going to see his physical condition. We have three massive games coming up - United, Liverpool and Spurs - we have to see the players condition. We have training later and we will see later."
Apr 6 - 2:58 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he remains hopeful that Sergio Aguero will be fit for the weekend derby.

The Sky Blues are going to need all the help they can get in attack for the upcoming week with a chance to win the Premier League title on Saturday against Manchester United shortly followed by a second leg Champions League quarterfinal with Liverpool where they already trail 3-0. The Argentine has missed the last three weeks with a knee injury but Guardiola said he is steadily improving: "We will see. He is much, much better, but the physios and doctor spoke with him and he said he still wasn’t perfect. I hope he will be back for Saturday."
Apr 5 - 5:11 PM

Liverpool won't have to worry about Sergio Aguero, at least for the first leg, in Wednesday's Champions League meeting with Manchester City.

Aguero hasn't played in the last three weeks since suffering a knee injury in training in mid-March, despite hoping to return against Everton over the weekend. But manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that the Argentine will need some more time to recover and won't be available for the first leg trip to Liverpool in tomorrow's Champions League quarterfinals. "Sergio is back in Manchester," Guardiola said. "He did not come. He was injured in the last two weeks. He is much, much better but the doctors spoke to him today and he said he still has a little bit of a problem and isn’t comfortable...We will see [for the weekend derby]."
Apr 3 - 12:52 PM

In a 3-1 win over Everton, Gabriel Jesus deputized for the injured Sergio Aguero with a goal.

With one eye on the Champions League tie versus Liverpool and the other on the Manchester Derby in which they can win the Premier League, Manchester City avoided the trap game against Everton. Leroy Sane got things going in the fourth minute with a volley that is usually seen on the playground and Kevin de Bruyne fed Jesus in the 14th to put City in the driver's seat before the game was halfway over. Raheem Sterling got onto the scoresheet in the 37th minute via David Silva's second assist and Everton had nothing to counter the onslaught. City took their foot off of the gas which led to Yannick Bolasie scoring in the 63rd minute but that would be all that Everton would get from this game.
Mar 31 - 2:31 PM

Benjamin Mendy is said to be doing "much better" but Pep Guardiola wouldn’t be drawn on a return date for the defender who has spent the last six months sidelined.

Speaking during Friday’s pre-match press conference, the City boss revealed Mendy has made significant progress in his recovery from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament: "He is much, much better – especially over the past week or 10 days as he has been training with us." But, when asked if the Frenchman would be available for the upcoming Manchester derby on April 07, Guardiola responded by saying: "I don’t know, I can’t anticipate it." Of course, given that Mendy hasn’t played competitively since September, it’s highly unlikely that he will be involved given his lack of conditioning. However, the news is positive, and Mendy has every chance of making appearance before the end of the campaign as he looks towards a place in Didier Deschamps 2018 World Cup finals squad.
Mar 31 - 8:26 AM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola did not rule Sergio Aguero out from returning this weekend against Everton.

The Argentine's knee injury came at just the right time before a lengthy international break with the possibility that he would only miss one match. But the week ahead presents a big week for the Sky Blues, who, with a win against Everton on Saturday, can clinch the Premier League title against Manchester City next weekend. The Manchester derby is further bookended by a Champions League quarterfinal showdown with Liverpool. Said Guardiola about Aguero and John Stones: "[Aguero] is much, much better. We will see tomorrow if he is involved...John Stones has concussion in his head from the last game of the international break," he told press. He feels really good but the rules say he must take seven days off so he is not available. The other ones are okay."
Mar 30 - 12:01 PM



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