Kevin De Bruyne will hope to set a personal goals milestone for Manchester City in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth at the Etihad.
Premier League leaders Manchester City have lost a trio of key players for Saturday’s clash.
Striker Sergio Aguero (hamstring) faces at least a month out while left-back Aleksandar Kolarov (leg) and playmaker David Silva (ankle) will be sidelined for a fortnight after a costly international break.
Captain Vincent Kompany (calf) is available again but the club’s other left-back Gael Clichy (ankle) and midfielder Fabian Delph (hamstring) are still out.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe will continue to juggle his team’s injury problems when they make the long journey north.
Following surgery on an ankle injury, captain Tommy Elphick became the latest absentee and will remain unavailable for at least the coming eight weeks.
Defender Tyrone Mings, forward Callum Wilson and winger Max Gradel are also all injured, and likely for the entire season, and while midfielder Harry Arter is nearing a first-team return, Saturday is expected to come too soon for him.
- Sergio Aguero has 16 goals in 13 Premier League appearances in the month of October.
- Eddie Howe played in the last meeting between these sides; a 0-0 draw on the south coast in February 1999.
- Aguero now has 84 Premier League goals; the same number as Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.
- Of the four previous players to score five in a Premier League game, Alan Shearer scored twice in his next game, Dimitar Berbatov scored once while Andrew Cole and Jermain Defoe both failed to net.
- The Citizens have won four and drawn two of their previous six meetings with Bournemouth.
- Kevin De Bruyne has scored three goals and assisted two in his three Premier League starts for Man City.
- De Bruyne has never scored in four consecutive appearances in either the Bundesliga or Premier League.
- Manuel Pellegrini’s side have scored in all but one of their last 24 league games, including each of the last 17.The Cherries have now covered 944km this season; 18km more than any other side.