Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden could possibly be concerned for Manchester Metropolis as they host RB Leipzig of their Champions League Group A opener on Wednesday.
The midfield duo had been unused substitutes in Saturday’s win at Leicester after overcoming ankle and foot accidents respectively.
Second-choice goalkeeper Zack Steffen stays unavailable after testing constructive for Covid-19.
Scott Carson is more likely to deputise for final 12 months’s Champions League finalists.
‘Metropolis gamers need it’
Metropolis had been crushed 1-0 by Chelsea in final season’s remaining – the primary that they had reached in Europe’s premier membership competitors of their historical past.
Boss Pep Guardiola hopes his gamers can use the loss as motivation for this season’s competitors – as they did in bouncing again from their disappointing quarter-final defeat to Lyon in 2020 to achieve the ultimate 12 months later.
“The gamers have emotions and soul and you already know it hurts while you can’t obtain,” mentioned the Spaniard.
“For them now it is a new, new problem to strive. When these guys win three Premier Leagues within the final 4 years, and yearly we have now the sensation that we will do higher – we reached the ultimate of the Champions League – sure, it is a motor. They need it.”
This season would be the membership’s eleventh in succession within the Champions League however, final season apart, they’ve solely reached the semi-finals on one different event.
Guardiola has guided Metropolis to 3 of their Premier League crowns, together with final season, however admits there are some who will nonetheless take into account his reign a failure with out Champions League success.
“Yearly it’s the similar,” he added. “If I win the Champions League I will be joyful for the membership but when we’re not going to do it we’re not going to do it.
“You need to choose the success or not of my interval. I attempt to do my greatest each single day and folks can choose my job like I choose my gamers on how unimaginable they’ve finished.”
Metropolis are in a difficult group alongside star-studded French champions Paris St-Germain, Belgian aspect Membership Brugge and Wednesday’s opponents Leipzig, who had been runners-up in Germany final 12 months however have made a woeful begin to this marketing campaign below new supervisor Jesse Marsch.
They’ve misplaced three of their opening 4 Bundesliga video games, together with Saturday’s 4-1 residence defeat to Bayern Munich – now managed by their former boss Julian Nagelsmann.
Defender Marcelo Saracchi will miss the sport as he continues to rehabilitate after a cruciate ligament tear, whereas Marcel Halstenberg is nursing an ankle downside.
Angelino was match sufficient to play an hour in opposition to Bayern after recovering from a muscular difficulty and will line up in opposition to his former aspect.
Man Metropolis provisional squad: Ederson, Carson, Walker, Cancelo, Stones, Laporte, Ake, Dias, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Rodri, Grealish, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Foden, Sterling, Jesus, Torres.