How is the Manchester City squad tracking on the injury front ahead of this weekend’s clash with Newcastle? The champions face a tough test away at St. James Park in what could be a crucial game in the title race. Here is how Pep Guardiola’s squad is looking ahead of what promises to be an entertaining affair.
The Swiss defender was substituted early in City’s 5-nil win over Huddersfield Town. He was on the receiving end of a crunching challenge and is likely in doubt for the clash with the Magpies.
An update is expected from Guardiola when he faces the media on Friday during his pre-game press conference.
City’s England international has been out with an ankle injury since his side’s 3-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park. Pep Guardiola spoke before the treble winners win over Huddersfield and wasn’t sure when Stones would return. Guardiola said: “He’s not training with us. He’s getting better but not training with us. I don’t know (when he’s back).
Saturday’s game may be too soon for Stones to return and he appears more likely to return after the mid-season break.
The Norwegian striker returned to training last week as he ramps up his return from a foot injury. If he can get through training this week it would indicate that Haaland could be set to return to the squad for this weekend’s crucial Premier League match at St. James Park.
Bernardo missed last weekend’s win due to illness. In images shared on the official Manchester City website, the midfielder was pictured returning to training indicating his availability for this weekend’s match.
The England international was also unavailable for the FA Cup third-round win due to illness. Phillips has returned to training and should take his place in the Manchester City squad this weekend.