Player News - Manchester City

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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
Dec 3 - 9:58 AM

Manchester City overcame an early deficit and rode two goals from Sergio Aguero to a hard fought 1-2 win over Burnley.

Turf Moor has been a tough place for the opposition this season and today was no different as the Clarets looked to be aiming for an upset result with an early opening goal. Aguero got back on the score sheet with an equalizer in the 40th minute, tapping in from close range after a bit of pinball in the box. He would find the game-winner on the hour mark, as a shot by Fernandinho touched the Argentinian before going in. It could have been a hat trick were it not for a nice save from Paul Robinson. City still have question marks in defense but they are top of the table for now as the weekend plays on.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 26 - 9:37 AM

Pep Guardiola moved quickly to allay growing injury concerns after Sergio Aguero was seen limping towards the end of his sides Champions League tie in Germany on Wednesday night.

The Argentine has endured a roller coaster of a fantasy season, average weeks interspersed by the odd double figure return, but generally we’re not getting much bang for our buck. His red-hot start to the campaign was quickly cooled following a retrospective ban for violent conduct [elbow on Winston Reid], and only two game weeks since have returned over 6 FPL points. So, for the many fantasy managers who have hanging around in the corridor of uncertainty, last night’s injury could’ve been the catalyst help pull the trigger. But the bad [or good] news depending on your standpoint is that Aguero will be fine for the early kick off at Turf Moor according to Pep Guardiola: "Yeah, maybe he had a kick – but he is okay."
Nov 24 - 5:00 AM

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will have yet another injury setback to overcome after being ruled out for weeks with a knee injury.

Kompany was taken off after just 37 minutes in a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace this weekend with a head injury following a collision with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. But manager Pep Guardiola confirmed yesterday that the Belgian also suffered a minor ligament injury to his knee and will need time to recover: "He has a problem with his knee. He could be out for weeks. He’s sad and I’m sad. It’s a long time he doesn’t play...The doctor told me a few weeks [that Kompany will be out]. We'll see. A serious ligament would be six months, six months is going to happen, so it will be shorter. It’s weeks, I don’t know, three or four."
Nov 23 - 5:29 AM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that he won't take any chances with Vincent Kompany's head injury.

Watching the Manchester City captain leave the pitch in the middle of a match has become all too familiar over the past two seasons, and now Kompany has another issue to deal with as reports say he suffered a concussion in Saturday's match with Crystal Palace. Said Guardiola: "He had a problem with his head. (He got) a kick. Now we're going to control him. You have to be careful with head injuries. Hopefully it won't be anything serious." The defender left after just 37 minutes after trying to play on following a collision with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. The club will decide Tuesday whether he will be able to travel to Borussia Monchengladbach for Tuesday's Champions League fixture.
Source: Sky Sports
Nov 22 - 4:53 AM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola may have a new weapon on his hands in Yaya Toure following a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace.

No one could have seen this storyline coming going into the weekend, and yet Toure had the City away support at Selhurst Park chanting his name by the end of the match. The Ivorian international had yet to play a single minute in any competition, let alone even feature on the bench following a public dispute between Toure's agent and Guardiola. Yet the midfielder received a shock start with Guardiola resting players like Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva and John Stones for the Champions League week ahead. So naturally, Toure scored both of the club's goals to secure three points and send the Sky Blues into a tie with Liverpool atop the table. Toure got things going in the 39th minute, connecting with Nolito on a beautiful one-two sequence before scoring the match-winner in the 83rd just as it looked as though City would have to settle for a point.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 19 - 12:06 PM

Vincent Kompany can't catch a break and his City career hangs in the balance after he was replaced after just 37 minutes of his second Premier League start of the season.

Kompany was clattered by Claudio Bravo as the City skipper chased a long Jason Puncheon ball over the top. Following lengthy treatment, Kompany was cleared to continue but indicated to the bench within minutes that there was a problem with his vision and he was replaced by Pablo Zabaleta. This latest setback will almost certainly keep Kompany out of Wednesday’s Champions League game in Germany, and if further tests confirm he has suffered concussion, then his availability in the early kick off at Burnley next weekend is doubtful. Pep Guardiola will look to hand John Stones a recall after the England international was rested at Selhurst Park today.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 19 - 11:42 AM

Manchester City face an anxious wait to learn the full extent of the injury sustained by goalkeeper Claudio Bravo during Thursday night’s World Cup qualifying match in Colombia.

Bravo picked up knocks either side of the break before he was withdrawn on the hour mark: "At this time, it bothers me a lot," said the City stopper, who went on to add. "We have to be smart and realise we have another match on Tuesday," possibly indicating that his withdrawal was more of a precaution with one eye on the Uruguay game. The good news is that the injury appears to be impact: "It was a blow to the hip," which was confirmed by Chile boss Juan Antonio Pizzi. Pep Guardiola will be monitoring the situation closely with tricky away fixtures coming up against Palace and Burnley in the Premier League with a Champions League trip to Germany sandwiched in between. Willy Caballero would deputise following Joe Hart’s departure on-loan to Torino.
Source: Goal.com
Nov 11 - 6:03 AM

Belgium national team coach Roberto Martinez confirmed that Vincent Kompany was pulled from the starting lineup as a precaution yesterday.

The Belgian side lined up against the Netherlands in an international friendly ahead of its World Cup qualifier this weekend, but Kompany was withdrawn before gametime after feeling discomfort during the warmup, which lead to concerns that the Manchester City captain had suffered another injury. However, Martinez said there was no injury suffered and Kompany will be assessed this week: "There is no injury to Vincent Kompany. We did not want to take any risks with him and Kompany did not feel well after the warm-up. I want every player to be 100 per cent. I would be surprised if he can play Sunday, but it is still too early to say.
Source: Sky Sports
Nov 10 - 10:01 AM

Manchester City will be hoping to have all of its defensive injury problems behind it with Bacary Sagna back in training.

The defender has struggled with various injuries throughout the season and has missed the last month after sustaining a tear to his hamstring during the last international break in a 4-1 win in a World Cup qualifier last month. However, the French international decided to skip international duty in order to be prepared to face Crystal Palace in Gameweek 12 next weekend. Said Sagna: "I’m back training with the team after one month on my own. It was difficult because I wanted to be with them on the pitch but I’m finally back training with the squad. I came back on Friday but obviously it was too short for me to play the game [against Middlesbrough].
Nov 10 - 9:43 AM

Despite a nightmare spell under Jose Mourinho, Kevin De Bruyne said he doesn't regret his time at Chelesa.

The Manchester City star played in just three Premier League matches in two seasons at the club, one of which was spent on loan at Werder Bremen before completing a permanent switch to Wolfsburg. But the Belgian is flying high at City after his £55million move last season and sees his tenure at Chelsea as a learning experience: "I wanted to start a new chapter – not be loaned out and come back to the exact same situation. It was a really smart move on my part. But of all the choices I have made in my career, I don’t regret one of them – even going to Chelsea. It didn’t work out. I wanted to play football; I didn’t; so I left."
Source: FourFourTwo
Nov 9 - 4:08 PM

Manchester City is unlikely to remain top of the table by the end of the weekend after drawing Middlesbrough 1-1.

The club looked set for a letdown with a home meeting against Middelsbrough after Tuesday emotional 3-1 comeback victory against Barcelona in Champions League. Sergio Aguero finally put the Sky Blues ahead in the 43rd minute after the club took 19 shots in the first half to put him even with Diego Costa on the goalscoring list with eight. But the club couldn't close out Middlesbrough, who had no shots at halftime, as the Teessiders got a 91st-minute equalizer from a Marten de Roon header to steal an away point against the title favorites.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 5 - 1:07 PM

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure took a step toward his reintegration into the team after publicly apologizing to the club.

The midfielder has been at the center of a public dispute between his agent Mino Raiola and manager Pep Guardiola, who said the Ivorian won't be selected unless his agent apologized for his critical comments of the manager. Toure has not played this season under Guardiola, but issued the following statement in the hopes of getting back into the squad: "I wish to apologise - on behalf of myself and those who represent me - to the management team and all those working at the club for the misunderstandings from the past. Those statements do not represent my views on the club or the people who work there. I have nothing but respect for Manchester City and only wish the best for the football club."
Source: Sky Sports
Nov 4 - 7:18 AM

Manchester City will already have its hands full trying to prepare for Barcelona on Tuesday night and now must figure out who to start at right-back.

The Sky Blues received a massive boost on Monday when Pablo Zabaleta returned to training from a foot injury sustained in the club's 4-0 loss to Barcelona at the Camp Nou two weeks ago. Yet manager Pep Guardiola said he has yet to make a decision with 19-year-old Pablo Maffeo and midfielder Fernando also in contention (Bacary Sagna is still recovering from injury) along the same side where Neymar makes his magic happen: "We have to think that we have not got a right back – we have one who has recently played there and one who is 19. We have some players out, and they do."
Nov 1 - 8:41 AM

Sergio Aguero returned to the prolific scorer we have come to expect from the Argentina star with two goals in a 4-0 win against West Brom,

The forward had gone goalless in his last three Premier League matches entering Saturday, but that all changed at the Hawthorns in the first half-hour. Aguero forged a formidable partnership with midfielder Ilkay Gundogan with Aguero taking a pass from the summer arrival and slotting it past Ben Foster for the first goal. He then doubled his total with a beautiful curling shot from outside the penalty area in the 28th minute to make it 2-0 heading into the half. Then it was Gundogan's chance to take over, finishing off a perfect chip-pass from Aguero in the box in the 79th minute. Then Aguero started another break by releasing Kevin De Bruyne, who found Gundogan trailing down the center of the box for the fourth and final goal.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 29 - 12:06 PM


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