Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has provided an update on the fitness of nine players ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool.
The Sky Blues return to action following the latest international break, with crucial upcoming matches against Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa, all of whom are currently within three points of Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s side currently top the Premier League table, but Manchester City have dropped points on three occasions so far this season, most recently at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea secured a point with a thrilling 4-4 draw.
Liverpool travel to the Etihad Stadium this weekend with Manchester City unbeaten at home since December 2022, however the Sky Blues have won just two of the past seven meetings between the North West rivals.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in the Premier League since September, and beat Brentford 3-0 prior to the international break, following a draw against Luton Town and a defeat to Toulouse in the UEFA Europa League.
Manchester City were 4-1 winners when the Merseyside club last visited the Etihad Stadium in April, with the Blues coming from behind to emphatically beat Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola is sweating on the fitness of several players who featured during that victory, with nine first-team stars at risk of potentially missing Saturday’s Premier League clash due to injury.
John Stones and Mateo Kovacic are both set to be absent from the matchday squad, meanwhile Erling Haalad, Ederson, Rodri, Sergio Gomez, Matheus Nunes and Nathan Ake all suffered injuries prior to or during international duty.
Haaland, who has scored 17 goals in 18 appearances so far this season, suffered another ankle injury during Norway’s 2-0 win over the Faroe Islands.
“He [Erling Haaland] trained yesterday with some niggles but today we have the last training and hopefully he can be part of it,” said Guardiola.
Ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash, Pep Guardiola also provided an update on the fitness of his squad overall, saying: “We have a few problems, The same as many clubs. We will see in the training session and we will see tomorrow.
“At 6pm I will know for sure which players I will have tomorrow. Always it’s plan A.”
Kevin De Bruyne, who could return to action during the new year, remains sidelined after undergoing surgery for a hamstring problem in August.
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