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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. Ini
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Feel sick with the double CS wipeout

  2. Alisson WondHaaland
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Yessss wipe those clean sheets hahah

    1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Gfy you classless pratt

  3. AK_FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT. Double Man City defense cleanie gone!

    1. GE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Same

    2. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Same. What the actual f

    3. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      SAME

  4. Right In The Stanchion
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Underworld7 is ranked at 2.5m. Now that’s a sad little man.

      1. Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Who's that?

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          He has a fixation with me for some reason, sad really, hope everything is ok at home for him

      2. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Erm, no I’m not, and your attempts at insults are so weak it’s untrue. Lmao everyone knows it too, what a loser child.

        Mahrez shafting you as we speak with ya dads toys lmao!

      3. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Also says the man who thinks people are judged as sad for having a low rank? Hmmm makes sense, I’m sailing ya pleb lmao

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Chelsea (1.04) 1-3 (3.29) Man City

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        fair result, nowhere to hide for City def owners

      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        That goal was sweet! Especially after KDB secured his 1 CS point!

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Foden winning goal bps added. He's now top of the baps.

    • BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      ARE YOU TELLING ME THEY SCORED IN THE LAST MINUTE OF INJURY TIME? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SO NEEDLESS CITY

    • HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Serves me right for laughing at Justin owners
      🙁

      1. Keeptrying
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Karma

      2. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        At least Stones wasn’t on for Baps

      3. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Double City, Bellerin and Justin....it all ended in tiers again

    • PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Johnstone, Justin, Stones and Cancelo. Coufal and Soucek benched. A couple og roughs this week.

    • THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Fuming! Cancelo on for a bap aswel

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        🙁

    • Bleh
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      8 points down the drain just like that

    • Kane and Ablett
        1 month, 26 days ago

        With Stones and Dias in my side I now know how Justin owners feel...

        1. Daniel - WC Active
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I have Justin and Cancelo and Cancelo and Dias in FanTeam. Lol at me. Painful day

          1. Owenuk
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I have Cancelo, Justin and Soucek on the bench, may cry ha

        2. Bleh
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Same here. Fuming.

      • Esalman
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Was trailing cup opponent by 20 points who has Dias. There's still hope!

      • Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Lads that CHO goal might mean i am out of the cup. Was in, but now we are tied. Maybe the Justin yellow card might decide. Wow.

        Who wins when there is a draw?

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          More annoying poster on ffs goes through

          1. riot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I like him

        2. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Chelsea title challenge?

        3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Rank perhaps ?

        4. Van der Faart
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Goals scored I think.

        5. riot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          GS, GC, coinflip

        6. ElChapo
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          whose team scored more goals, i thought.

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Dias CS wipeout.

        🙁

      • ivantys
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Imagine rising to 5.8 without any attacking returns.

        • Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          That juu huu guy said Chelsea were going to win the league a month ago

        • greggles
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          First Justin, then Cancelo. 12 points lost in the final moments. What a joke.

        • wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          phew

        • Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 26 days ago

          People celebrating a CS wipeout for a defense that has 4 CS in the last 6, hmm

          1. JIMMY764
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            And all their defensive assets are under 10% owned. Hardly affecting non-owners ranks is it.

        • Party time
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Clean sheet sent to hell

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Cho Cho Cho

          CS train has crashed at the final stop.

        • Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          LR, Mark and Carlsen with double city def's...ouch.

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Mark has Dias benched.

        • Bury94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Damn it that cs wipe out stops me being able to get 100 points. Will only finish on 98.

          Don't hate me I'm only kidding, delighted with that GW!

        • diesel001
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Cup tie going to the wire.

          Them: 2pts + Firmino
          Me: Adams + Salah + Robertson (KWP sub if Adams is a no-show)

          Watch Firmino haul tomorrow.

        • KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          No clean sheets and no goals/assists from Aguero, Mahrez, Werner or Pulisic.
          Got away with that there

        • Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Obviously I own a city Defender. Know one understands my pain

          1. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            LOL. There are literally hundreds of FPL managers with double Man City defence. They know your pain x2.

          2. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Yawn little child

        • GenerationalTalent
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Cancelo and Justin really coming thru for me today...

          1. Daniel - WC Active
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            🙁 same here

        • Bees4Lyf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Perfect, city clean sheet wiped!

        • Van der Faart
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Was on 90 with Salah and Adams to go until that goal. Need 14 from Salah and Adams to hit the century.