Manchester City have finalised their preparations for their final 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stage game at the Etihad Stadium, as they trained at the City Football Academy on Monday.
The reigning European champions – who secured their place in the last-16 of the competition on matchday four – take on Bundesliga giants RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night as they look to ensure their position as group winners with a victory.
City come into the contest off the back of successive draws in Premier League action, after they were restricted to a 4-4 scoreline away to Chelsea prior to the international break, as well as a 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.
Erling Haaland’s first-half opener was cancelled out by an unstoppable strike from Trent Alexander-Arnold, as Manchester City dropped to second place in the Premier League table following Arsenal’s victory against Brentford.
RB Leipzig at home comes in the middle of a challenging run of fixtures for Manchester City this month, including clashes against Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium this weekend, and a trip to face Unai Emery’s firing Aston Villa side.
In their final training session ahead of Tuesday night’s contest at the Etihad, Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City squad have now put together their final preparations ahead of the visit of the German club.
Here is a complete list of players spotted at the City Football Academy on Monday afternoon!
21-man senior Manchester City training squad ahead of RB Leipzig
Goalkeepers: Ederson, Stefan Ortega Moreno, Scott Carson
Defenders: Kyle Walker, Josko Gvardiol, Rico Lewis, John Stones, Manuel Akanji, Ruben Dias, Sergio Gomez, Nathan Ake
Midfielders: Kalvin Phillips, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden, Mateo Kovacic
Forwards: Oscar Bobb, Jeremy Doku, Jack Grealish, Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland
Matheus Nunes remains absent from the Manchester City side due to injury, having withdrawn from the Portugal international squad through injury during the recent November break.
Pep Guardiola was questioned on the fitness of his Manchester City squad during his pre-match press conference earlier on in the day, to which he responded, “We have training so we’ll see this afternoon.
“Second day of recovery (after Liverpool) so we won’t do anything. I’m not optimistic about good news. We will see this afternoon. I think the same people as Liverpool. John Stones is getting better. Not to play, maybe a few minutes. (He is) Really close to coming back.”
Kevin De Bruyne remains absent from the Manchester City squad, but did provide an update on his return timescale whilst in attendance at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, stating that a return in early 2024 is currently most likely.
“If he said (he will be back in) January, it’s January,” Guardiola added when speaking on Monday afternoon. “I’d love to have him for more of the season. If he says, it’s a happy new year for everyone.”
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