Player News - Manchester City

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Lost in the team news over the weekend was the new contract signed by Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero.

The team's all-time leading scorer celebrated with his fourth goal of the season in his 300th overall appearance for Manchester City in a 5-0 win over Cardiff City. The new deal extends his current contract by a year, which will keep him at the club until 2021, when he is 33 years old. Said Aguero, who has always expressed a hope to return to Argentina at the end of his contract: "I am happy for this additional year. My idea was being here for 10 years. I've been here for seven years [and] it's going to be 10 when the contract expires. This was the main reason I signed. I'm very happy because they have treated my very well since the first day I got here. I'm very happy with everything that involves the club, my teammates, the staff and the management team."
Sep 24 - 10:31 PM

Manchester City bounced back from a disappointing Champions League loss to Lyon with a 5-0 win over Cardiff City.

But it was Riyad Mahrez who stole the show with two goals after coming in for Sergio Aguero in the 61st minute. Mahrez opened his Manchester City account in the Premier League in the 67th minute when he tapped in a low cross from Ilkay Gundogan, who recorded a goal and an assist himself, for a 4-0 lead. Mahrez made it 5-0 in the 87th minute with a beautiful curling effort for his second of a busy day, when City scored all their goals in the final 60 minutes of the match. Sergio Aguero started the scoring in the 32nd minute in his 300th appearance for Manchester City, while Bernardo Silva double the lead moments later with a looping header worth a replay.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 22 - 12:21 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that defender Benjamin Mendy will not be available for the weekend.

The French international missed last week's win over Fulham and the Champions League loss to Lyon on Wednesday due to a knee injury. But Manchester City has raised confusion over his injury after reporting the knee injury was actually an ankle injury, before Guardiola said on Friday that he has a problem with his foot. Meanwhile, Kevin De Bruyne is inching closer to a return from a knee injury as he eyes the Manchester derby. "Mendy is Injured," Guardiola said. "He has a problem with the bone in his foot. I spoke with the doctors [about Kevin] and he is telling me it’s going good and well but I don’t know. We will see. The important thing is when he comes back he is fit and can play the rest of the season."
Sep 22 - 12:05 AM

Sergio Aguero has trained ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Lyon on Wednesday.

The Argentine striker suffered a minor ankle injury during the win over Fulham last weekend and has been receiving intensive treatment in a bid to be fit for the match. On Tuesday, assistant City coach Mikel Arteta, who was speaking in the absence of the suspended Pep Guardiola, confirmed Aguero, along with Benjamin Mendy, would be assessed in training ahead of the tie. "We will see how they react in the next 24 hours, then make a decision." But, following on from the lunchtime press conference, City released a statement via the club website confirming Aguero "looked fit and raring to go" in a session led by Guardiola while Mendy missed out altogether - the defender remains a major doubt for the game against the Ligue 1 side. His absence is likely to see Fabian Delph continue to deputise at left-back.
Sep 18 - 4:55 PM

The absence of Benjamin Mendy was the cause of much heartbreak on Saturday when the flying full-back failed to make the matchday squad.

Very little was known prior to kick-off, although several media outlets suggested the official reason was tactical, ahead of their clash with Lyon in the Champions League. A move which made sense as Leroy Sane and Fabian Delph were afforded some much-needed game time. The great man himself was also on hand – via Twitter - to offer his apologies to the two million or so managers who had Mendy in their side. "So many broken hearts today 💔😂 sorry for letting you down guys." Post-match the news was overshadowed by an ankle injured suffered by Sergio Aguero, but Pep did offer a update following the win over Fulham. However, fantasy managers were left none the wiser. "It could be weeks or days and maybe longer." Reports from France on Monday suggest the knee injury is only a minor concern, although it could keep Mendy out of the game on Wednesday.
Source: The Metro
Sep 17 - 10:02 AM

Pep Guardiola reveals Sergio Aguero’s withdrawal versus Fulham was enforced after the striker picked up an injury.

With a European tie against French side Lyon on Wednesday night, many believed the introduction of Gabriel Jesus, early in the second half, was a tactical switch affording Aguero the opportunity to rest ahead of the Champions League. But, speaking post-match, Guardiola confirmed the Argentine will be assessed after suffering a problem with his ankle. "When he fell down, he felt something. He finished the first half [but] started the second half feeling uncomfortable. He could play, but we decided not to risk it. ‘Will he be fit for Lyon?’ We will see tomorrow." Just last week Aguero said. "It’s the best I’ve felt in years," following surgery in April to remedy a persistent knee complaint. "I feel fantastic ... I don't feel any discomfort," he told the club's website. "During the past few years, I felt pains at times and when last season came to an end, we decided it would be best to start treatment. And the results were positive."
Source: The Mirror
Sep 15 - 2:17 PM

Manchester City showed no international break letdown with a 3-0 win to roll past Fulham at the Etihad.

Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane wasted no time in capitalizing on his first start of a disgruntled season with his first goal of the season just two minutes into the match. Fernandinho sparked the opener by dispossessing Jean Michael Seri deep in the Fulham half and finding Sane for the tap-in. In the 21st minute, David Silva scored his second goal of the season in his 350th match for City when he pounced on a loose ball in the box in the 21st minute. After regrouping in the second half, it took Manchester City just two more minutes to score a third when Sergio Aguero's cross found a wide-open Raheem Sterling in the box to give him two goals in the last two and send City up the table and into third.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 15 - 11:59 AM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that winger Raheem Sterling is fit to face Fulham this weekend.

The prolific attacker was held out of international duty with England last week after picking up a minor back injury after the Newcastle match, where he scored a goal. Guardiola also hinted the club is working on a contract extension for Sterling after a career year last season with 18 goals and 17 assists. "Yeah, he’s fit. It’s well-known that we are delighted with him – we would like to continue (with him). The Club asked my opinion and I shared my opinion. Sometimes, this kind of thing needs time. What is important is Raheem and his people."
Sep 14 - 11:20 PM

Bernardo Silva confirms he picked up a muscular complaint in the 1-1 draw with Croatia last Thursday.

The Portugal star was forced off against the World Cup finalists and, as a result, may not feature in tonight’s Nations League clash with Italy. "I came off at half time because I have been having a little discomfort in the groin area, and with Mr. Fernando Santos we thought it was better not to risk the second half." With Kevin de Bruyne [knee] side-lined until November and Raheem Sterling missing out for England due to a lower back issue, Pep Guardiola will be monitoring the situation closely with key Premier League fixtures coming up and the Champions League competition beginning at home to Lyon next week. Bernardo has played in all of City's fixtures so far this season and scored in their opening-day victory over Arsenal at the Emirates - a brilliant first-time strike into the top corner – which topped off a stunning individual performance.
Source: 90min
Sep 10 - 5:45 AM

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling will not feature for England during the international break due to a back problem.

The injury is not thought to be serious after Sterling played a full 90 minutes in a win against Newcastle over the weekend, where he scored his second goal of the season. However, it was enough of a concern to keep him from the inaugural UEFA Nations League format where England will face Spain and and then Switzerland later this week. Without Sterling and the recently retired Jamie Vardy, Gareth Southgate will only have Harry Kane, Danny Welbeck and Marcus Rashford as forwards.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 3 - 4:06 PM

Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling were among the goal scorers for Manchester City as they stay unbeaten with a 2-1 win over Newcastle United.

Eight minutes was all that it took for Raheem Sterling to open the scoring for Manchester City knocking in a Benjamin Mendy cross. But while it looked like it would be smooth sailing, it was anything but as Rafa Benitez brought his guys to play. They frustrated Manchester City with spacing and scored a goal by exploiting The Citizens defense. DeAndre Yedlin used his pace to catch City off guard leading to a goal but they would rebound. Right out of the half, Sergio Aguero’s (really Sterling’s) ball would find the feet of Kyle Walker who drove it into the top of the net ensuring that City emerged with all three points. But while the points were kept, concerns were raised about their defenders switching off which will need to be addressed during the international break.

Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane was selected for the German national team for next week's international break.

The explosive winger will reboot his Germany career next week after being dropped by under-fire manager Joachim Low before a disastrous World Cup campaign that saw the defending world champions exit in the group stage, much to the blame of holding onto older players at the expense of newer, fresher stars like Sane. But Low, who surprisingly kept his job after the summer implosion, will have a chance to prove his new vision for the team in the newest international break format called the Nations League next week, which pits Germany against World Cup winners France. Said Low: I spoke to Leroy on that day [of the World Cup squad announcement]. I told him that his national team future must begin after the World Cup, that we are aware of his qualities. We wanted to take an intensive look at his style of play after the World Cup."
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 30 - 9:21 AM

Ayermic Laporte scored his first goal for Manchester City, and it was an important one as the Citizens could only salvage a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton.

There were about five key moments in this match, a combination of shots off the woodwork and calls missed in Wolves favor that cost Manchester City today. While they may not have been at their attacking best, they were eventually done in by bad luck. Twenty minutes in, Sergio Aguero took a low curling shot that looked destined for the corner but it hit the post. Not two minutes later, an ambitious shot from distance by Raheem Sterling was met with a touch save that grazed the bar. Then, City would find themselves behind on a goal that should not have been allowed due to a missed handball. Still, they managed to level near the 70th minute, when Laporte headed home a free kick from Ilkay Gundogan. The poor luck was capped off with yet another shot off the post by Aguero with moments left in the match.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 25 - 9:37 AM

Following a serious injury to Claudio Bravo, Daniel Grimshaw will step in as Manchester City's new backup keeper.

There's no way the 20-year-old could have predicted this summer that he would be the No. 2 keeper for the Premier League champions, but after selling Joe Hart to Burnley and Angus Gunn to Southampton, City was left without a first-team backup to Ederson following Bravo's injury. But Grimshaw has reportedly impressed Pep Guardiola in the last two years with the academy teams and signed a three-year contract extension in June. To take Grimshaw's place in the development side, City recalled 19-year-old Aro Muric from a loan at NEC Breda.
Aug 22 - 6:06 PM

Manchester City fear Claudio Bravo could be ruled out for the remainder of the season after he suffered a serious Achilles injury during training.

The club confirmed on Monday that the Chilean goalkeeper had a scan which revealed a rupture of the tendon in his left foot. Bravo has been scheduled to fly out to Barcelona on Thursday to meet with Pep Guardiola’s trusted lieutenant - Dr Ramon Cugat - who will decide on the best course of action, which will most likely be surgery. The setback leaves Ederson as the only available goalkeeper with first-team experience following the departure of Joe Hart to Burnley during the summer window. But, even though the transfer deadline has now passed, clubs are allowed to sign emergency loan players [or a free agent] in the event of a such an injury. Barcelona stopper Jasper Cillessen would be an ideal short-term fix, but during the interim, 20-year-old Daniel Grimshaw is expected to provide back-up even though he has just 18 career appearances for the development side.
Aug 21 - 5:01 PM


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