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At least for the day, Manchester City will be back atop the Premier League table after a 3-1 win over Everton.

It was Gabriel Jesus who stole the show with two goals on either side of half-time, breaking his dubious goalless streak with the opener in the 22nd minute when he coolly finished from a difficult angle for his first Premier League goal since August. Leroy Sane drew up quite a connection with the Brazilian forward by assisting on both goals, including a brilliant chipped pass in the 50th minute that led to a powerful header from Gabriel Jesus. After Everton brought one back in the 65th, Raheem Sterling came off the bench for Sane and recorded only his second-career headed goal in the Premier League just minutes later for a 69th-minute winner. And there's more good news for City as Kevin De Bruyne returned from injury to feature as a second-half sub while Sergio Aguero also made the bench.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 15 - 9:38 AM

Manchester City defender John Stones will be assessed after coming away with a knee injury on Wednesday.

The versatile defender started three games in the course of the last week but was taken off at half-time in the club's Champions League group stage finale against Hoffenheim. While manager Pep Guardiola said he doesn't expect the injury to be serious, the defending champions' injury list grows bigger with Fernandinho, Danilo and David Silva sustaining injuries this week. "John can play [at right back] because he did it against Shakhtar. He can do it but he didn't feel comfortable with his knee. It is not a big issue but he didn't feel comfortable so Kyle started to warm up immediately and we made the change at half-time. John Stones is not a full-back but I admire and appreciate the effort to try to do that."
Dec 13 - 2:02 PM

Manchester City have committed fully to Academy product Phil Foden by rewarding him with a five-and-a-half-year contract.

With already three trophies under his belt, Foden is not committed to the Sky Blues through the summer of 2024. The 18-year-old has already made eight Premier League appearances this season, all off the bench, become a Pep Guardiola favorite in no time. Said sporting director Txiki Begiristain: "We are delighted to have secured Phil for the next five-and-a-half years. He is an outstanding talent and he is Manchester City born and bred, so this is where he wants to play his football. Under Pep and with the players we have here around him, he is in the best place possible to develop as a player."
Dec 13 - 1:47 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that Sergio Aguero has a chance to be fit for the coming weekend.

The star forward missed all three Premier League games last week due to a muscle injury as Gabirel Jesus filled in but failed to score a goal. While Aguero has been ruled out of the club's final Champions League group stage match on Wednesday with Hoffenheim, Aguero is pushing to be available to face Everton this weekend. "Silva not able, Kevin not able, Danilo not able, Sergio isn't ready," Guardiola said in the club's pre-match press conference. "[Silva will be out for] a few weeks. Last game he was substituted, not too big but he stops for a few weeks. Maybe he [Aguero] has a chance for the weekend."
Dec 11 - 9:47 PM

Pep Guardiola confirms David Silva will be sidelined for a "few weeks" after tests confirm the Spanish star suffered a hamstring strain during the loss at Stamford Bridge.

The 32-year-old has been in exemplary form this season, but this setback threatens to keep him of the City line-up until the turn of the year. In a rare off day, Silva struggled to get to grips with the game on Saturday as Chelsea inflicted the Citizens first league defeat of the season. Silva was replaced on 68 minutes indicating a problem with his right hamstring, but speaking after the game, team-mate Phil Foden offered some hope by suggesting Silva had said that the muscle was "tight" and nothing too serious. However, subsequent tests have revealed the injury is a little worse than initially thought. "In the last game he was subbed," said Pep ahead of the Champions League. "It was a muscular problem but he'll be stopped for a few days, a few weeks."
Dec 11 - 9:13 AM

Manchester City will be without stars Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne for a daunting trip to Stamford Bridge this weekend.

Aguero has missed the last two matches after suffering a muscle injury in training last week and will not be available to face fourth-place Chelsea on Saturday, meaning that Gabriel Jesus is likely set for his third straight after assisting in the club's 2-1 win over Watford in midweek. Meanwhile, Guardiola said De Bruyne's return from injury will have to wait but may not be too far off. "No, both cannot play tomorrow," he said. "Both will be back soon...It is another huge demanding test for us. How we play against one of the best teams on one of the biggest stages. How will they react after losing? I can imagine how intense, committed they will be."
Dec 7 - 1:26 PM

Manchester City was far from its best but it did plenty to work past Watford in a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was cautious with his lineup with a hectic schedule ahead, leaving Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Aymeric LaPorte and Nicolas Otamendi out of the starting lineup ahead of the Chelsea game this weekend. But the Sky Blues’ stable of wingers picked up the slack with Leroy Sane directing a cross from Riyad Mahrez into the bet for the first goal in the 40th minute. Mahrez then got on the scoresheet just after halftime to double the City lead. The only blemish came from a late Watford goal that means City still only has one clean sheet in the last month.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 4 - 5:29 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he will not risk forward Sergio Aguero if he's not fully fit to face Watford on Tuesday.

Aguero unexpectedly missed the club's 3-1 win over Bournemouth this weekend due to a muscle injury suffered during the week in training. With seven Premier League matches in December, Guardiola decided to rest Aguero, opting for Gabriel Jesus, and it's likely he'll do the same on Tuesday with one eye on the weekend showdown against Chelsea: "The doctors told me (on Friday) Sergio cannot play. If he plays, maybe it's four or five weeks off. In that situation, this month, with a lot of games, he was not safe. Right now, I'm not quite sure. We'll see. That's why I said before day by day we see. I speak with the doctors every day, they make a report and a briefing. They say 'ready' or 'not ready' and we decide."
Dec 4 - 12:01 AM

Pep Guardiola hinted that Gabriel Jesus could once lead the City attack at Watford after Sergio Aguero missed the win over Bournemouth through injury.

The focus during Fridays pre-match press conference surrounded the fitness of Bernardo Silva, Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan who were all doubts heading into the game. However, Pep insisted that the trio would be checked during the final training session which was scheduled for three hours later. There was no mention of an issue with Aguero, who was being monitored by the club’s medical team after complaining of a "muscular disturbance" following the 2-2 draw versus Lyon in the Champions League. On Saturday, Pep decided not to take any chances with the Argentine, and following the victory, he suggested that Aguero could miss out again when the Citizens travel to Vicarage Road. "We do not want to take any risks. If Sergio becomes injured, we will lose him for a long number of days and we can’t afford that," he said. "Gabriel was so important and he will be so important for next Tuesday."
Dec 2 - 4:57 PM

Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, and Ilkay Gundogan were on target as Manchester City ran out 3-1 winners over Bournemouth.

City could have gone ahead inside the first minute, but in the end they took just another 15 minutes to take the lead. Bernardo Silva applied the finished after Asmir Begovic rushed out to stop Leroy Sané collected a ball over the top. City pushed on but the Cherries drew level through a fine Callum Wilson header just before the break. They went ahead through the prolific Sterling in the second half after he previously hit the post and they survived a good spell from the visitors before they sealed their 6th consecutive league victory through Gundogan after Sané's cut-back. City are now five points clear before their title rivals take the field later this weekend.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 1 - 12:00 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hinted at using the weekend match as a chance to rotate his squad.

Coming off a Champions League game with another one coming in 10 days, Guardiola said that he could split his squad this weekend against Bournemouth with a game against Watford on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus are all in contention for the weekend but face fitness tests after missing the 2-2 draw with Lyon due to injuries. Said Guardiola: "Gabriel doctor says he is much better. Of course, he will play a lot of games. Maybe [I will make changes], yeah, because it was a really tough game. The Champions League is always there and after this game we have another in three days and everybody deserves to play and will play."
Dec 1 - 2:08 AM

Manchester City will look to have winger Bernardo Silva back from injury for the weekend match with Bournemouth.

The Portuguese international missed the weekend win over West Ham with an unspecified injury as well as the club's Champions League draw with Lyon on Tuesday that saw them advance to the round of 16. Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan also did not travel with the club to France due to minor injuries while Kevin De Bruyne continues to recover from a knee injury with the hope of returning in mid-December. "Bernardo Silva is in the last step before being fit," manager Pep Guardiola said in a press conference before the Lyon game. "Gabriel Jesus had had a muscular problem in training but isn’t ready. Ilkay Gundogan had a problem in his feet."
Nov 29 - 12:24 AM

A brace for Leroy Sane and a brace of assists for Raheem Sterling saw Manchester City hang four goals on West Ham United in a comprehensive performance.

Starting Fabian Delph in place of the injured Benjamin Mendy and Ilkay Gundogan for Benardo City, Manchester City’s depth showed. After a slow start by their standards, David Silva slipped through for the opener as Raheem Sterling’s cross was deflected into his pass. That’s the fourth straight game that Silva has scored in and while West Ham came out with an intent to attack, City was far too strong on the day. Just minutes later, Leroy Sane teed up Raheem Sterling to put the Citizens ahead 2-0 and in the 34th minute, Sterling returned the favor as Sane had all the time in the world to settle the ball and make Arthur Masuaku look silly in the process. In stoppage time, Gabriel Jesus teed up Sane to ping it past Lukasz Fabianski for good measure and the final 4-0 scoreline. Until proven otherwise, Manchester City is the best team in the league and its results like this that show us why.
Nov 24 - 12:05 PM

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva will not be available to face West Ham on Saturday due to injury.

The upstart winger sustained a minor injury while on international duty with Portugal last week, causing him to miss the latest UEFA Nations League game earlier this week. After assisting on two goals in City's derby win over Manchester United before the break Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will now have to find a replacement for Silva against West Ham while also dealing with the gaps left in the team after injuries to Benjamin Mendy and Kevin De Bruyne. "Bernardo Silva cannot play this weekend," Guardiola said. "The injury is not a big one, but he cannot play this weekend."
Source: ESPN
Nov 23 - 7:31 PM

Manchester City officially confirmed that defender Benjamin Mendy will miss up to three months after surgery on his knee.

The fantasy star suffered a knee injury before the international break and went back to Barcelona, where he had knee surgery last year to fix a more serious issue. However, now City will have to go another festive period without the left-back with Fabian Delph and Oleksander Zinchenko expected to get some playing time if Aymeric LaPorte doesn't start at left-back. "Benjamin Mendy will be out for 10 to 12 weeks," manager Pep Guardiola said in the pre-match press conference before the club's trip to West Ham this weekend.
Source: ESPN
Nov 23 - 7:24 PM



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