Player News - Manchester City

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Manchester City won't have Yaya Toure available for the weekend but are hopeful he can return for a critical week ahead.

Toure missed Tuesday's UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg against Real Madrid due to a thigh injury picked up last weekend against Stoke City. But despite being ruled out for Sunday's match against Southampton, the Ivorian international is set to return to training today in the hope that he can be available to face Real Madrid in the second leg on Wednesday after a scoreless draw in the first fixture. Meanwhile, Manuel Pellegrini also confirmed that Samir Nasri is in the team to face Saints on Sunday after recovering from a muscle injury.
Apr 29 - 4:39 PM

Manchester City will once again have to do without midfield maestro David Silva, possibly for the remainder of the season, due to a hamstring injury.

The midfielder was taken off in the 40th minute against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg after feeling his hamstring and signaling to be taken off immediately. The injury came just after manager Manuel Pellegrini professed his hope that Silva had overcome a persistent ankle injury that he struggled with throughout the season. But now Pellegrini said he will miss the next two to three weeks and may not even return this season unless the club advances to the Champions League final at the end of next month.
Apr 29 - 4:34 PM

Manchester City midfielder David Silva will be assessed this week after being taken off with a hamstring injury on Tuesday night.

Silva lasted only 40 minutes before coming away with yet another injury after missing parts of the season with a mixture of ankle and calf injuries. Silva only just returned from an ankle injury over the weekend against Stoke City after missing the last three Premier League matches. But the Spaniard knee he was crocked and immediately called to the bench in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid, a 0-0 draw. Now the midfielder is in doubt to return for next week's second leg at the Bernabeu, let alone this weekend as the club will hope to have Yaya Toure back as well.
Source: Mirror
Apr 26 - 5:02 PM

Manchester City will be able to rely on Vincent Kompany for Tuesday's match for the first time in Champions League since the Round of 16

In the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 against Dynamo Kyiv, Kompany lasted only seven minutes before succumbing to a calf injury that ruled him out for another month. But the defender returned against Newcastle to play 90 minutes in midweek before being rested for the 4-0 win against Stoke City this past weekend. Said the captain: "I’m 100% fit - everything went well and, as always, unfortunately when you’re injured you have to work a lot harder than the rest and that’s what I did."
Apr 25 - 2:41 PM

Manchester City will have to go on without Yaya Toure for Tuesday's Champions League semifinal match against Real Madrid due to injury.

The Ivorian suffered a thigh muscle injury in the final moments of the club's 4-0 win against Stoke City and limped off in stoppage time. However, Manuel Pellegrini said Toure could not recover in time to face Real in the first leg, but is comfortable with Fernandinho and Fernando in midfield: "Yaya is going to be out, I think. He hasn’t recovered from the muscle injury. Tomorrow the two players not on the squad list are Nasri, who is not registered, and Yaya who is injured. Whenever the Brazilian boys have played together they’ve played some big games - against PSG and against Roma when we knocked them out."
Apr 25 - 2:35 PM

Manuel Pellegrini will check on Yaya Toure and Fernando ahead of Tuesdays’ Champions League tie against Real Madrid.

A knee injury forced Fernando off after 72 minutes although Pellegrini hinted that his withdrawal was more of a precaution - the Brazilian is expected to be OK. However, Toure is more of a concern with such a quick turnaround: "Yaya finished with a muscle injury so we will see tomorrow with the doctor," said the Chilean who also explained the reason behind David Silva’s withdrawal and the absence of his skipper: "David was just coming back from an injury so he played 60 minutes. It was a risk for Vincent to play two games in 72 hours. I think he will be okay for Tuesday – he worked this morning and he is not having any problems."
Source: beIN Sports
Apr 23 - 12:36 PM

Kelechi Iheanacho continues to make the most of his opportunites by scoring twice and setting up another as Manchester City steamrolled Stoke City, 4-0.

City were in control the whole way but there was little energy coming from their supporters in a goalless opening half hour. The scoring began in the 35th minute when Fernando scored a glancing header from a Jesus Navas corner. Eight minutes later, Iheanacho drew a foul in the box and Sergio Aguero converted a penalty chance. While Aguero and David Silva were subbed off in the second half to preserve them for Champions League on Tuesday, Iheanacho continued to impress with two goals, one assisted by Pablo Zabaleta, the other by Wilfried Bony. The only stain on the day was an apparent knock picked up by Yaya Toure, but the Ivorian was able to play the game out as the Sky Blues had already used their three substitutions. It is looking a bright future in store for the teenager Iheanacho.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 9:48 AM

Manchester City is closing on a return to full strength with the return of Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy to the matchday squad.

The injury news comes at the best possible time ahead of the club's Champions League semifinal on Tuesday against Real Madrid. In fact, the club will have a completely fit side considering the only injury following the return of Vincent Kompany and Raheem Sterling is to Samir Nasri, who is not even on the Champions League roster. Both Sagna and Clichy missed a disappointing midweek draw with Newcastle due to back complaints as Aleksandar Kolarov and Pablo Zabaleta started in their place.
Apr 22 - 2:11 PM

Manchester City fans will be relieved to see David Silva back in action after the midfielder was cleared for the weekend.

The Spanish maestro has missed the last three Premier League games, although he did face Paris Saint-Germain in between that run of games, due to an ankle injury that has beleaguered him throughout the season. But Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that Silva is fit to face Stoke City, which will be a welcome addition to the team ahead of Tuesday's Champions League semifinal showdown with Real Madrid. Silva is likely to replace Samir Nasri, who is not on the club's Champions League roster, as the Frenchman recovers from a muscle injury with the hope of being available to face Southampton next weekend.
Apr 22 - 2:07 PM

Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and David Silva could all return this weekend when City entertain Stoke at the Etihad.

Nasri spent almost six months on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on his hamstring and was forced off during the win over Chelsea in his second start back. Fortunately, further tests revealed only a minor muscular problem and he looks set for a return in the early kick off. David Silva continues to struggle with an ongoing ankle complaint and Manuel Pellegrini will manage his Spanish playmaker carefully – with a UCL tie against Real Madrid on Tuesday Silva may be restricted to a place on the bench. Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna are both nursing back injures but neither is believed to be serious. If the quartet are passed fit, then the City treatment room will be empty for the first time this season following the return of Vincent Kompany and Raheem Sterling at Newcastle.
Apr 20 - 5:02 AM

Sergio Aguero scored his 100th Premier League goal, albeit a dubious one, but Manchester City would concede an equalizer and settle for a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.

Coming off the heels of a convincing win against Chelsea in which Aguero grabbed a hat trick, it looked to be a repeat performance against the Magpies this evening as City were on the front foot early and found the opener just 14 minutes into the match. However, the goal should not have been allowed as Aguero was clearly in an offside position when Aleksandar Kolarov delivered a free kick into the area and the Argentine superstar headed it home. Aguero nearly had a chance for a second when he went down in the box on 50 minutes but the referee did not grant a penalty. The attack became less potent as the match went on and City were unable to find a winner against an inspired Newcastle side. Regardless, it has been a rousing success of a fantasy double gameweek for Aguero owners, especially for those that gave him the armband, as Kun delivered four goals in the round.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 19 - 4:57 PM

Vincent Kompany marks his return from injury by making Manuel Pellegrini's Starting XI against Newcastle United this evening at the expense of Nicolas Otamendi.

The Sky Blues line up like this against the Magpies: Hart, Zabaleta, Mangala, Kompany, Kolarov, Fernando, Delph, Toure, Navas, De Bruyne and Aguero. Otamendi has been due a rest as he has been playing in all competitions at center back while Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis has shared time. Assuming Kompany can stay fit, he and Otamendi look to form the partnership for most games until the season ends, especially in the Champions League. Those who invested in Aleksandar Kolarov or Pablo Zabaleta will be pleased to get two starts from each in the double gameweek, as both looked to be risky choices to do so before the gameweek began.
Apr 19 - 2:11 PM

Manchester City will have to do without Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy for Tuesday's match against Newcastle after the pair picked up back injuries.

Sagna came on in the 67th minute for Pablo Zabaleta, who was on a yellow card, in the club's 3-0 win against Chelsea over the weekend but Clichy was absent due to the minor injury. Manager Manuel Pellegrini did not give a timetable for their return but the club will look to have the duo fit to face Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals next week. In their absences, Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov are expected to start just as they did this past weekend while Vincent Kompany is fit to return.
Apr 18 - 2:28 PM

Manchester City will have Raheem Sterling in the squad to face Newcastle on Tuesday after the winger was cleared to return from a groin injury.

Sterling has missed the past month due to the injury and was expected to be out at least another two weeks, but has been passed fit to feature for the club against Newcastle, while manager Manuel Pellegrini remained coy on his chances of starting. But the club could use Sterling in the lineup after David Silva and Samir Nasri was ruled out of the midweek clash. Silva has been struggling with an ankle injury, causing him to miss the weekend, while Pellegrini said that Nasri sustained a minor muscle injury after starting this weekend against Chelsea. If Sterling doesn't start, the Sky Blues could either shift into a 4-4-2 with Kelechi Iheanacho or Wilfried Bony up top or move Yaya Toure into a more attacking role with another central midfielder behind him.
Apr 18 - 2:01 PM

Manchester City is starting to return to fitness at the most opportune time with Vincent Kompany back in the team for the club's midweek fixture.

The club will have five matches in the next two weeks, including two Champions League semifinal legs against Real Madrid and Kompany looks set to be a part of it. The captain has been out since mid-March with a calf injury, one that has plagued him since the very start of the season, but manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that he is in the team to face Newcastle on Tuesday. Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala have started along the back-line but Pellegrini said the club will welcome Kompany's return into the fold: "Kompany has been injured so the other defenders have done well, but he will be an important help for the defence."
Apr 18 - 1:56 PM


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