MANCHESTER CITY could be without up to three key midfielders for their Premier League clash with Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday (2.05pm).
By BEN PRINGLEPUBLISHED: 10:50, Thu, Apr 25, 2019 | UPDATED: 11:18, Thu, Apr 25, 2019
Pep Guardiola will have to manage his squad carefully when Manchester City face Burnley this weekend.
Fernandinho was forced off early in the second half with a muscular injury while Ilkay Gundogan also picked up a knock in the derby.
Speaking about the pair after the match, Guardiola said: “In the half-time, there was a little problem in both legs. Muscular, he [Fernandinho] was not comfortable.
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“Gundo has a big kick in the first half. We’ll see tomorrow.”
The duo could join Kevin De Bruyne on the sidelines for this weekend’s match, with the Belgian potentially ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a hamstring injury against Tottenham, so Phil Foden is primed for another start.
Claudio Bravo is still on the treatment table but City have no other injury issues, meaning Guardiola may rotate his rearguard again.
Vincent Kompany came in at centre-back for the derby against United but could make way for John Stones or Nicolas Otamendi alongside Aymeric Laporte.
Meanwhile, Benjamin Mendy offers an alternative to Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back but is unlikely to start if Leroy Sane gets the nod out wide.
Guardiola has been reluctant to play both Mendy and Sane in the same starting XI with the duo both preferring to hug the touchline, inadvertently taking up each other’s space in the final third.
Sane’s goal at Old Trafford could be enough for him to earn a start this weekend, suggesting Zinchenko will continue at left-back and Raheem Sterling will switch to the right wing.
Sergio Aguero is without a goal in his last three domestic matches but provided an assist against Tottenham and should be selected in favour of Gabriel Jesus.
Man City team news: Is this how City will line up at Turf Moor? (Image: buildlineup.com)
Manchester City predicted line-up vs Burnley – Premier League
(4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko; Gundogan, B. Silva, D. Silva; Sterling, Sane, Aguero
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