Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola doesn’t believe that many of City’s injured players will return for their UEFA Champions League group stage clash with RB Leipzig. The European champions suffered a plethora of injuries during the last international break.
Speaking to the media before City’s UEFA Champions League group G clash with RB Leipzig the City manager provided an update on his squad. He said: “I’m not much optimistic about some good news for some people to come back. We’ll see this afternoon. I think it’ll be the same people that played against Liverpool. We have training now but we’ll see this afternoon. We’ll do the second day of recovery. We won’t think to do anything.”
Currently, Manchester City have Kevin De Bruyne, Mateo Kovacic and Matheus Nunes out due to injury. Jack Grealish missed City’s 1-all draw with Liverpool at the weekend with illness. City’s England winger was pictured back in training in images shared on the club’s official X (Twitter) account.
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Pep Guardiola also had positive news on John Stones status. The City manager had previously said that Stones wouldn’t play until he was at full fitness. Guardiola said in regards to Stones: “He’s getting better. Not to play but maybe a few minutes, maybe for the next one. He’s really, really close to coming back. It’s incredibly good news for us.”
The treble winners face RB Leipzig next at the Etihad. A win or a draw will see Pep Guardiola’s squad qualify from Group G as group winners for the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League.