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Revealed: Will new signing Matheus Nunes make Manchester City debut against Fulham



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Manchester City’s Juanma Lillo has provided a hint as to whether new signing Matheus Nunes could make his debut this weekend.

The 25-year-old completed a £53 million Deadline Day move from Wolves, signing a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium, following an impressive debut campaign at Molineux.

Nunes featured in 34 Premier League matches for Wolves last season after signing from Sporting Lisbon for a club-record £42 million, however the Portugal international has missed the previous two matches for Gary O’Neil’s side.

The midfielder was suspended for Wolves’ win over Everton last weekend and missed the Wanderers’ victory over Blackpool in midweek after going on strike – in an attempt to force a transfer to the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City face Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, with the Sky Blues looking to extend their winning start to the season to four matches against Marco Silva’s side.

Pep Guardiola’s team are the only Premier League side to have won all of their opening three games; having beaten Burnley, Newcastle and Sheffield United, during the opening weeks of the campaign.

Summer signings Mateo Kovacic and Josko Gvardiol have both featured for the treble-winners since moving to the Etihad Stadium, meanwhile Jeremy Doku, who signed from Rennes, was an unused substitute at Bramall Lane last weekend.

All three could be in contention to start against Fulham on Saturday, however latest recruit Matheus Nunes looks unlikely to feature, after comments by Juanma Lillo on Friday.

The Spaniard continues to take charge of Manchester City in the absence of Pep Guardiola, and speaking ahead of the weekend, revealed that the 25-year-old signing hadn’t trained with the first-team on Friday.

“No, he still won’t be training,” said the Manchester City assistant manager.

“I still don’t know. I know he is a Manchester City player but I don’t know if he’s going to be available.”

Should Nunes not feature at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday then the 25-year-olds next opportunity will likely come against West Ham after the upcoming international break.

The midfielder is expected to be Manchester City’s final incoming of the summer transfer window, prior to the deadline.