Pep Guardiola provides triple injury boost for Manchester City

Date published: Friday 18th October 2019 3:28

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that he could call a trio of injured players back into his squad for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace.

City return from the international break needing a result to get them back on track, with the reigning champions eight points adrift of leaders Liverpool after a 2-0 defeat to Wolves last time out.

Part of Guardiola‘s problem has been the lack of defensive support with Fernandinho having to be drafted into the back four due to injuries to John Stones and Aymeric Laporte.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s match, however, Guardiola provided a positive update on that front.

“Some of them are better,” the manager said. “Kevin [de Bruyne] is back, John trained the last days, Mendy as well.”

 

Guardiola also admitted that despite winning 3-1 at Selhurst Park last season, his players will find it tough in South London.

He said: “I think since Roy Hodgson took over the team with zero points and helped to avoid relegation, they have always made a really good season. They have incredibly talented players.”

City have the chance to close the gap on Liverpool to five points with victory on Saturday, with Jurgen Klopp’s side facing Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

 

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