Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday
Manchester City are back in action against Tottenham in Saturday’s Premier League showdown, just three days after their heartbreaking Champions League quarter-final elimination to the same opposition on Wednesday night.
Pep Guardiola’s quadruple quest juddered to a halt as Raheem Sterling’s disallowed 92nd-minute strike meant Spurs would advance, with City now aiming to complete a domestic treble instead.
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In order to secure a second consecutive league title, no slip-ups can be entertained against Spurs, especially given Liverpool’s ability to keep pace with Guardiola’s side over the course of the 2018-19 campaign.
Oleksandr Zinchenko was pictured training on Thursday as he seeks to make a comeback from a hamstring injury suffered against Cardiff a couple of weeks ago.
Fernandinho, a substitute for the midweek disappointment, is also back in contention to start.
City have no fresh injury concerns.
Neither side has any player suspended for the match.
Wednesday took a lot out of City, mentally and physically, but there is no room to manoeuvre for Pep Guardiola as he chases the Premier League title ahead of Liverpool.
Fernandinho is likely to come back into the midfield having not started on Wednesday.
Pep has options in defence, where Aymeric Laporte committed two howlers in the Champions League, with John Stones waiting in the wings.
Leroy Sane, a late but effective substitute in the Champions League, is also pushing for a recall.
Moussa Sissoko joined a growing list of Spurs casualties on Wednesday when he walked off at the Etihad Stadium with what appeared to be a groin injury. He’ll be assessed prior to the game to decide if he’s fit enough to play.
Mauricio Pochettino has already been without Eric Dier and Harry Winks in the midfield position although Dier could join training before the game on Saturday.
Captain Harry Kane, as a result of an ankle knock suffered in the Champions League quarter-final first leg against City, is also out.
Erik Lamela re-injured a hamstring during the warm-up on Wednesday and is being assessed.
Serge Aurier is another long-term absentee.
Kick-off is at 12:30 BST (07:30 ET) on Saturday, and will be shown on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom as well as streaming on Sky Go and NOW TV. It will be shown on NBC in the United States, and on various channels around the world.