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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. KUN+10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Salah to KDB for the blank? TC on 19? Bring back Salah on 20. Thoughts?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      It's a bit obvious

      1. KUN+10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Sure...but would it yield results? Also playera may be deploying other chips and not planning on TC

  2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Yessss! That goal helps me climb a bit more.

  3. Sloane426
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Lmao at city defense owners.

    1. The Invincibles
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Yeah, they're really hurting with 5 clean sheets in the last 6. Air one out.

      1. The Invincibles
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        *Pour one out.

        1. Sloane426
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Guess you enjoyed the blank last week also.

  4. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Chelsea fan & Cancelo owner.

    Flip all out of this match!

  5. Maddamotha
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    LOL

  6. KEVIN DE CLAUS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 14 days ago

    NOOO CS

  7. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    AWEESOOOOMEEEEEE!!!!!

    F meltdown!!

  8. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Chelsea goal

  9. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Beautiful!

  10. Bram
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Stones & Cancelo - gutted

    1. Sloane426
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Lmao

  11. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Omg yessssss CS whipped!

    1. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Oh yeah

  12. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Pain

  13. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Yeaaaaaa

  14. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    BUSTEDDDDD

  15. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    KdB off just in time

  16. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO

  17. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Justice for us Justin owners 😆

    1. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Yep

    2. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Not when you have Justin and City defenders like I have!!!

  18. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    FOR GOODNESS SAKE

  19. PascalCygan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Ha!

  20. McSauce
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    wow! 5 points gone from cancelo

    1. KUN+10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      10 points from Cancelo and Dias. Gutted

  21. Marcin the Pole
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Oh ffs, my luck this season is hideous. Justin and Cancelo today. What's the point.

  22. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Get in

  23. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Damn this hurts so much, we were so close

  24. Booked4Dissent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Hate FPL. Knew that would happen

  25. Forever In Our Shadow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Jesus. Just another 30 seconds.

  26. Nimby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Hoping the people laughing at Justin owners have city defenders.

  27. Shifty
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Legend CHO

  28. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 14 days ago

    What a useless goal lmao

  29. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSS CHOOOOOOOOOO MY LAD

  30. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    This is how it felt when Wolves lost the last-minute CS