Manchester City kick off their FA Cup defence tomorrow at the Etihad Stadium against Championship side Huddersfield Town. It promises to be a classic FA Cup clash in a typical David versus Goliath clash that showcases all that makes the FA Cup so special.
Pep Guardiola’s side will be looking to kickstart their defence of the FA Cup with a home win over Huddersfield. The visitors will be looking to spring a famous upset against the FA Cup holders and European champions.
The FA Cup holders will head into the game with several key players in doubt. John Stones will miss the game due to an ankle injury he sustained in City’s 3-1 win against Everton at Goodison Park
Pep Guardiola informed the media during his pre-game press conference that Bernardo Silva, Kalvin Phillips, Matheus Nunes and Scott Carson are all in doubt for the game due to illness for Manchester City.
There could be some positive news on the injury front for the European champions. Erling Haaland and Jeremy Doku returned to training this week and are a chance to take part in tomorrow’s game. Kevin De Bruyne may also return for his first action since Manchester City’s opening day 3-nil win over Burnley at Turf Moor. The Belgian midfielder has trained strongly according to Pep Guardiola and may finally return to the pitch.
For Huddersfield Town, they will head into the game without their top scorer Delano Burgzorg. He has missed their last two games and Huddersfield manager Darren Moore informed the media during his pre-game press conference that he will miss tomorrow’s FA Cup third-round tie due to an ankle injury. Moore told the media: “We expect him out for a little bit of time. What that prognosis of time is at this moment in time has not been diagnosed, but we’ll wait and see what the medical team say.”
Huddersfield will also be without wingback Jaheim Headley. Headley sustained an ankle injury during their New Year’s Day defeat to Leicester City.
The Terriers will welcome back their captain Jonathon Hogg and Ben Jackson after the pair have recovered from illness in time for tomorrow’s game.
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