Manchester City have a near-clean bill of health as they prepare for the visit of Leeds United on Tuesday night.
With Chelsea and Liverpool not in action until Thursday, Pep Guardiola’s side have the chance to put some pressure on their rivals by extended their one-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
And the good news for the City boss is he has nearly all of his injury concerns back fit, with Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Nathan Ake, Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus all in the squad against Wolves on Saturday.
Ferran Torres, the only long-term absentee, looks to be nearing a return, while there’s more good news over one potential injury doubt ahead of Tuesday’s game.
City will be without one of their key players, although they won’t miss for him too long.
Here’s the latest on the injury front for City, and a look at when each player is likely to return:
There had been concerns that the midfielder would be forced to sit out Tuesday night’s game after being forced off just ten minutes into the second half of Saturday’s win over Wolves.
Guardiola explained the Germany international had been struggling with back problems that had impacted his performance in the previous two games, putting his involvement against Leeds into serious doubt.
The City boss, though, has confirmed Gundogan will be available for Tuesday’s clash, giving Guardiola a near-perfect bill of health.
The winger’s future remains a big talking point given his links with Barcelona, but for now the main concern is over his fitness.
Torres hasn’t featured since injuring his foot while on international duty in October, and having undergone treatment, he’s unlikely to feature again before the end of the year.
The 21-year-old did post an encouraging update last week as he published a picture of himself in his training kit kicking a ball at the CFA.
He accompanied the post with the caption ‘soon’, suggesting the wait for his return may not be too long.
Possible return date: January
Not an injury, but a suspension – the full-back will be missing for the visit of Leeds after picking up his fifth booking against Wolves at the weekend.
It’ll just be the one-match suspension for the Portuguese, meaning he’ll be back for Sunday’s trip to Newcastle.
Return date: December 19
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