Manchester City XI Vs FC Copenhagen: Predicted Lineup & Recent Injury Updates


A trio of Manchester City stars remain in the treatment room ahead of tonight’s Champions League trip to FC Copenhagen.

England internationals Kyle Walker (groin), Kalvin Phillips (shoulder) and John Stones (hamstring) are still absent and Stones is likely to be the first of the three to return, although he continued to train before the match.

City named a 21-man group for the flight to Denmark on Monday with Pep Guardiola keeping his cards close to his chest before choosing his starting line-up.

He said: “Tomorrow I will decide on the selection. I will talk to players, doctors and physios and decide what is best. We will see.”

Youngsters Cole Palmer, Rico Lewis and Josh Wilson-Esbrand all made the matchday squad but are poised for a place on the bench as the Premier League champions look to make it four wins from four in Group G.

Ahead of facing Liverpool on Sunday, Guardiola is once again ready to rotate his player corps. Ilkay Gundogan and Aymeric Laporte were unused substitutes in the weekend’s 4-0 win over Southampton, while Erling Haaland played 90 minutes at the Etihad Stadium.

The 22-year-old has scored 20 goals in his 13 appearances for City and has yet to be dropped from the starting XI. Few could blame Guardiola for choosing this trip to make the move, with Julián Álvarez poised for a place in the lineup.

Predicted Man City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo, Akanji, Laporte, Gomez; Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Alvarez, Grealish.

Injuries: Walker (groin), Stones (hamstring), Phillips (shoulder)


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