De Bruyne and Fernandinho Return To Action for Man City

By Daily Sports on March 30, 2019

Views: 115

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been handed a timely fitness boost ahead of the Premier League run-in.

Five players – including key men Kevin de Bruyne and Fernandinho – have been passed fit to return to action for the trip to Fulham on Saturday lunchtime.

The midfield duo are set to be part of the travelling party to west London – and, with defenders Vincent Kompany, John Stones and Benjamin Mendy available, Guardiola has a virtually full squad to select from.

Only utility player Fabian Delph remains unavailable – he pulled out of the England squad last week – for a game which could see City leapfrog title rivals Liverpool and go back to the top.

The Anfield side, who have played one game more than their close rivals and currently hold a two-point advantage, could then reclaim the lead if they beat third-placed Tottenham on Sunday (16.30 GMT).

Brazil international Fernandinho has been missing since City's Carabao Cup Final win over Chelsea at Wembley last month.

Kompany and De Bruyne both sat out Belgium’s internationals against Russia and Cyprus after missing recent club games, while Stones has not played since the game against Bournemouth at the start of the month.

Mendy, out for much of the season, is, according to Guardiola, is in “really good” shape after testing his troublesome knee in training.

“Everybody came back fit, Fernandinho came in, Vincent came in, Kevin, everybody,” said Guardiola after his players returned from the international break.

“[Mendy] trained the last three days and the reaction is really good. Except Delph, everyone is fit, we have 21/22 players.

“I would say after international break we came back good, the rhythm is quite similar.

“Now we will play 11 games and we deserve to play 12, maybe 14 maybe 15. Eight left for Prem, game by game we see what happens.”

Fulham, one off the bottom of the Premier League, are on a seven-game losing streak - a run that goes back to before the appointment of Scot Parker as caretaker manager following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri in February.

They have lost all three league games under the former England midfielder, but Guardiola will not take them lightly.

“I saw the last three games,” he said. “They were close against Liverpool, they tried to play but they played well. [Aleksander] Mitrovic in the box is so dangerous, [Ryan] Babel is so fast.

“I don’t see the table, I see how they do and how they have done and they’ve been doing well.” (Goal)

•Photo shows Manchester City players 

Source Daily Sports

Posted March 30, 2019


You may also like...
HotSports Media Group Wins AFCON 2019 marketing rights...

Maikaba: Akwa United have welcomed me with open...

Higgins whitewashes O'Sullivan at Scottish Open

Luke Rowe signs Team Sky contract extension until...

Chukwueze Happy To Represent Nigeria at All Levels...

EURO 2016: Ronaldo, Nani take Portugal to final...


Latest News Super Eagles Not Under Pressure to Win AFCON — NFF Ex-Enyimba Coach Sues Club over N3.4m Debt Children International School Wins Private School Games Competition Firmino Gives Liverpool Fitness Boost Ahead of UCL Final Townsend Wins Premier League Goal of the Season Award Arsenal’s Mkhitaryan to Miss Europa League Final against Chelsea Messi and Aguero in Argentina preliminary Copa America Squad Giroud Pens New Chelsea Contract Aubameyang: I Want to Become an Arsenal Legend HotSports Media Group Wins AFCON 2019 marketing rights Warriors into Fifth Straight NBA Finals after Eliminating Portland Shocking Death of Coach Ogbeide; Spectre of Relegation Overshadows Bendel Insurance Home Win over Sunshine Stars


Most Read Rangers International going, going . . . (45,372 views) Amaju Pinnick: A cat with nine lives (37,446 views) Missing $150,000 IAAF Grant: Solomon Dalung’s Hide and Seek game (36,073 views) Sports Development: Zenith Bank on the zenith (35,579 views) Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje’s solid footprints, commitment to sports development in Kano State (34,584 views) Current issues in Nigerian sports: Matters arising (34,549 views) Second Term: Amaju Pinnick, Other NFF Heavyweights Home to Roost •How Pinnick Broke the Jinx (33,773 views) Olopade, BET9A wave of revolution in NNL (33,618 views) Commonwealth Games 2018: Shame of Muhammadu Buhari, Solomon Dalung (33,375 views) NFF Presidency: Pinnick, Maigari, Ogunjobi, Okoye in Battle for Supremacy (32,507 views) John Mikel Obi: Segun Odegbami’s Outrageous Call! (30,562 views) Ibrahimovic’s Man U exit: Whose decision is it? And in whose interest? (30,393 views)




News Athletics (282) Basketball (164) Boxing (546) Columnists (435) Euro Soccer Update (4834) Fans Assembly (3) From the Grassroots (46) Golf (73) Interviews (14) Live Commentary (3) News (4945) NPL Glo Premier League (1014) People and Places (22) Readers Parliament (6) Tennis (542)




Phone numbers

Tel: +234(0)8066020976

Email addresses

Office address

No 3, Adetoun Close, Off College Road, Ogba, Ikeja Lagos.

Social Media