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City players missing with COVID-19 revealed as fit-again Ziyech returns

A Manchester City squad hit by injury and illness take on Chelsea in the second of today’s two Premier League fixtures.

Kick-off at Stamford Bridge is at 16:30 GMT.

The visitors are missing six of their squad because of COVID-19 positive tests.

The unavailability of Kyle Walker (£6.1m) and Gabriel Jesus (£9.1m) we were already aware of, while social media posts from Ederson (£6.0m) and Tommy Doyle (£4.4m) all but confirmed that they too were among those self-isolating.

Ferran Torres (£6.9m) and Eric Garcia (£4.7m) have reportedly been added to that list, with the latter still struggling with injury, too.

Despite the shortage of options, Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) is still only among the substitutes for this afternoon’s fixture.

Goalkeeper Zack Steffen (£4.4m) makes his Premier League debut as Pep Guardiola makes three changes to the City side that beat Newcastle 2-0 in Gameweek 15.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) and Phil Foden (£6.2m) are also recalled, with Ederson, Torres and Nathan Ake (£5.4m) dropping out.

Ake is absent because of “fitness issues”, while Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) misses out because of a tight hamstring.

Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) is on the bench, despite his off-field misdeeds.

Frank Lampard makes five changes to the Chelsea team that drew 1-1 at home to Aston Villa last Monday.

Timo Werner (£9.2m) is recalled, while Hakim Ziyech (£8.1m) makes his first appearance since suffering a hamstring injury in early December.

Thiago Silva (£5.6m), Kurt Zouma (£5.8m) and Mateo Kovacic (£5.3m) also return to the side.

Reece James (£5.2m) is again absent through injury, while Olivier Giroud (£6.7m), Andreas Christensen (£4.7m), Antonio Rudiger (£4.7m), Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m) and Jorginho (£4.7m) drop out of the starting XI.


Chelsea XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Thiago Silva, Chilwell, Kanté, Kovacic, Mount, Pulisic, Werner, Ziyech.

Manchester City XI: Steffen, Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Foden, Bernardo, Sterling

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2,436 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Crazy that I lose the same team value from holding KDB in the last few GWs (-0.3m) as those that have held Werner since GW1 (where ownership has gone from 2.84m to 0.98m).

    1. ivantys
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I lost 0.2 on Burke when his ownership more than doubled from GW1.

    2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      City set up so well. So this is what it felt for opponents to play against Mourinho's 2005 Chelsea when they conceded only 15 goals. Sigh...

    3. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Any chance Dias grab 1 bonus?

      1. LC1
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Nope

    4. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      CHO goal

    5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Clean sheets wiped

    6. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      CHO Goal

      1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Havertz assist

    7. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Double City defence.

    8. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      85 pts , Salah and Robertson to go any better?

      1. LC1
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Lose any points through that goal?

        1. Bavarian
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          no 🙂

        2. aborg
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Lol

    9. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Oh for god sake

    10. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      FO chelsea

    11. Milkman Bruno
        3 months, 10 days ago

        What a balls haha

      • Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        CITY CS GONE 🙁

      • Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Chelsea you can go and suck it!

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I take it back!

      • Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        NOOOOOOOOOOOO

      • Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I don't think anyone loses clean sheets in stoppage time quite as much as I do.

      • TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Cleanie ruined for a meaningless goal... and I'm a Chelsea fan

      • jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Ffs!!!!!

      • Van der Faart
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Oh you are joking

      • djman102
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Whew-radio announcer said Cancelo YC at first...was Silva instead.

      • EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        NO NO NO!!!

      • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Really need some city defense.

      • Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Oops

      • DMP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Goaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllll

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Ah that's heartbreaking

      • Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Double Citu defence in tearsssss

      • Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Ffs

      • It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Yeeeeeeeeeeees!!!!

      • Niho992
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Ffs cant believe it

      • Keeptrying
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        had to happen

      • Steve McCroskey
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Double City defense, that really smarts