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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. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Cancelo assist no!!

  2. UshFPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Cancelo and KDB owner here, used to this by now

    1. Saïss doesn't mat…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Same here but recently acquired Cancelo

  3. CloudSky
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    KDB out of form.

  4. Daniel - WC Active
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    KDB misses a sitter. Not his season

  5. TimoTime
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    We sure that African voodoo doctor didnt put the curse on KDB rather than Salah?

    Taking the piss now...

  6. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Oh my days I own Cancelo and KDB wtf Kevin

  7. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    No way city keep cs today

  8. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    KDBs finishing been so poor last few weeks

    1. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Last weeks? Has not scored from open play all season.

    2. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Really frustrating as an owner. Seemed like he was scoring tougher chances last season.

  9. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    KDB big miss

  10. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Kevin playing striker and missing sitters

  11. BeWater
      1 month, 24 days ago

      KDB can't finish to save his life. What kind of chance does this guy need beyond a penalty to actually score.

      1. ivantys
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Won't trust him on pens as well he missed one.

      2. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Stupid KDB ruin Cancelo assist f*** off

      3. Bram
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Argh Cancelo & KDB combo - 🙁

        1. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          🙁

      4. Right In The Stanchion
          1 month, 24 days ago

          De Bruyne awful 1 on 1

          1. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Second game running.

        • djman102
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Sounds like would have been Cancelo A

        • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          KDB ruins a clear chance yet again

        • GGMU
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          why would anyone have KDB over Son?

          1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Nostalgia

          2. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            At this point? Stupidity

        • Silecro
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Kdb this year is basically poor version of Benrahma

        • Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          He's finished. No goals from open play this season. No striker to assist.

        • gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Why do I still have KDB in my team? His finishing all season has been attrocious!

          1. Top Dog
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            That’s why BOOM!

        • Garlana
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Kdb become crap all of a sudden?

        • Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          What a player Cancelo is... I'm shocked

        • JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Is there a chance KDB is just out of form? Has had so many chances and seems to has lost his clinical edge

        • Hryszko
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Fck off KDB... so annoying

        • Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          C'mon Kev. Persisting with him, despite the dodgy form, has really killed my rank this season.

        • Daniel - WC Active
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          If it is not a penalty he is not scoring

        • TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Urgh I keep wanting to get rid of KDB but keep thinking surely he can’t keep missing.

          No goals from open play!

        • _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Gundo goal

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            foden a

        • moz_1983
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Gundogan goal

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Gundo G