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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. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    that was the final kick of the game too. FFS

  2. JOELIO8701
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    lol

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

    Justin owners, time to laugh at City defense owners! Unless you own both

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

      I do

    2. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Both. Plus double defense in FanTeam 🙁

    3. Just For Kicks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Justin & Cancelo here

    4. GenerationalTalent
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Both here... I don’t even feel that bad, I’ve gotten used to being let down this season

    5. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      lol dweeb comment 🙂

  4. Party time
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Hudson Odoi for President

    1. Esalman
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Amen

  5. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    FFS predicted bps

    Foden (39)
    KDB (37)
    CHO, Gundogan (27)

  6. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    67 + Salah & that's that... Should be fine.

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

      Same plus McCarthy

    2. Im New Here
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Huge score

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

      Feel sick.

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I feel you mate

    4. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Sickening to lose that double CS like that!!

      1. Balls of Steel
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I feel your pain dude

      2. PastaConcerto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        We know it...but we still hope in vain. Lost the double CS as well.

    5. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Coufal smiling from the bench

    6. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I might go Stones instead of Dias and save the buck

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I am doing that.

    7. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Fml

      You just knew it was coming 🙁

      25k drop from that goal!!!

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Terrible feeling

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Never gets easier despite it happening repeatedly this season!

      2. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        50K drop ffs

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Luckily I ‘only’ had Dias

    8. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Horrible season so far, cup starts, 102 points, feel sorry for my cup opponent..

    9. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Foden over el ghazi for the BGW?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I am tempted

      2. AlCapwnUK
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        No reason Foden will be any more of a starter than usual

        1. Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          He got a big hug from Pep

          If he starts playing, he can play all the time

      3. Mid budget coach
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Been there,you'll play him first, then bench him then take him out for a hit

    10. Bleh
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Stones and Dias cleanie wiped.

      Best part is I have Cresswell and Mitchell on the bench 🙂

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Ouch. Rough

      2. Hart-ake
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Similar here with Coufal and Dier. Blegh.

    11. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Hudson Odoi and Andy Carroll

      Two Bush League villans that ruined CS value today

      1-3 is not that bad

      Chelsea needs Vestergaard, Ings, and Hassenhutle and they can win the league in 2021/22

    12. Harper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Dumbest season ever

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        More jam this season than any season prior! And it was full of jam then.

    13. Bobadoba
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Grealish and Son out for Kdb and Gundogan (8 point hit)?

      1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Lol. Dump salah

        1. Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Wut!

          Could work, ballsy

      2. Hart-ake
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Nope.

    14. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Back to 1-0 and 1-1 for the City double in GW19

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Buses being prepared as we speak

        1. Cometh The Aouar...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Kaney, are you keeping Son or Kane or both for the double? Sheff Utd looks too good a fixture to pass up...

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Did some planning earlier, the plan is just Kane that week.

            Midfield of:
            Salah | Bruno | KdB | Grealish | Soucej

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              *Soucek

              1. Cometh The Aouar...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                That's an impressive mid. Have you got cheap strikers in addition to Kane? So are you going without Vardy?

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  Yes, team would look like this:

                  McCarthy
                  Cancelo | Cresswell | Dallas
                  Salah | Bruno | KdB | Grealish | Soucek
                  Kane | Bamford

                  Steer | Lowton | Mitchell | Brewster/Davis

                  10 players in BGW18 (no hit)

                  -8 for DGW19, TC likely to be played

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 10 days ago

                    May also be just a -4 in DGW19 but that will involve only 9 players for BGW18 (Cancelo in a week later)

                  2. Cometh The Aouar...
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 10 days ago

                    You've got plenty of TC options there tbf. I'm sure you'll make the right choice. Personally, it'd be KDB for me.

                    1. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 10 days ago

                      The bus mentality of the weaker sides puts me off KdB TC, I will likely go Salah

                      1. Cometh The Aouar...
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 10 days ago

                        Fair dos. GL Kaney.

                        1. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 10 days ago

                          Cheers mate, you too

                        2. Cometh The Aouar...
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          3 months, 10 days ago

                          Ta

        2. Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Follow the Piper you Casuals, Follow!

          1. Cometh The Aouar...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            I hope you're not referring to me...

    15. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Do you think Rhys Williams will start tomorrow ?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Pace probably more important than height so yes.

    16. Alex_thekid
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      No Justin now Cancelo gutted

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Gutted too

    17. AlCapwnUK
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Need Salah and jwp to score less than a combined 3 points and I win my cup tie.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        If Salah continues his recent form!!

        1. AlCapwnUK
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I think I need Salah to attend a few weddings tonight to save me

    18. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      94 with Salah to go. This is close.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Incredible

      2. JOELIO8701
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        You’ll get 100! The dream for a single gw

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I hope Salah finally scores

      3. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Hoping the game is off with just Salah (no captain) and McCarthy left.
        Gets me juicy Soucek points

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Who did you bench Soucek for?

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            DCL... 🙁

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Moved him out for Kane when I sensed a dip.

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                Perfect example of being ahead of the curve, no guts no glory.
                Well played. I’m giving him GW18 then he’s gone

                1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  Playing this season only on instinct. Has helped me move up from 1.7 mil to 171 K in 7 GWs

      4. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        KdB, Bruno, Son and Kane?

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          KDB, Bruno, Son, Kane, Soucek...Salah to come. Holding in defense.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Lovely

      5. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Nice work Looney! I'm not too far behind.

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Where art thou?

          1. Cometh The Aouar...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            83!

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Nice. I am sure you have Salah, Lets hope for a 17

              1. Cometh The Aouar...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                I do indeed! Let's hope the game goes ahead eh?

                1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  It should. Do well!

                  1. Cometh The Aouar...
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 10 days ago

                    And you! Good luck!

    19. Sco
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      The funny thing is, most people celebrating the wiped City CS must have absolutely rotten OR's given how many points City defenders have racked up in recent weeks.

      It's like the people that celebrate when Salah blanks, I mean that's cool, but you're still the one that doesn't have the essential pick racking up the points.

      Far too many trolls on here these days.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I don't get folks celebrating stuff like that to be honest. Bit sad

        1. George Agdgdgwngo
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Don’t be salty. It happens all the time. Get over it

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Nah I think people need to grow up a bit

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              More than a bit.

              1. Cometh The Aouar...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                This

      2. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Makes no difference, any points loss hurts.

      3. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        'Absolutely rotten' is a huge exaggeration.

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

        No city defence and I’m on 21 from 2 this week (Robertson to go)

        38 last week, 18 week before.

        Admittedly I’m only about 200k but more than one way to play

      5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I wouldn't say that. Have climbed from 1.7m to 171k in 7 GWs with no City defense.

      6. dogtanion
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        But...that is literally why we play..why would someone with no City defence not be happy about them conceding a last minute goal

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Doesn't affect your own points. A bit sad being pleased by another's misfortune.

          1. JOELIO8701
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            But it’s their own fortune? It’s misfortune for non city def owners to see a city cs. It’s a comp, it’s banter, it’s a fantasy game. Ppl r too sensitive

            1. Cometh The Aouar...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              I know right?

            2. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Some people are too sensitive no doubt. It still doesn't improve your points and I'm not a fan of people sneering at another's misfortune. If it was on a pitch they'd have their head cracked.

          2. dogtanion
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            It improves your rank though..which is why we play.

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Definitely. Being delighted is one thing, rubbing people's noses in it isn't on for me. Though that won't stop the LOLers here.

              1. dogtanion
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                Oh yeah I agree..posting about it isn't good form and a really bad look..I just meant internally being happy about it if it goes your way.

      7. Kane and Ablett
          3 months, 10 days ago

          We’re all just having a laugh aren’t we? Of course we’re not, there’s nothing else to do in lockdown

      8. ivantys
          3 months, 10 days ago

          City defence owners counting their points before the game's over 😀

          1. Pukkipartyy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Yep still 73 and happy 😉

          2. Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            I was dancing naked in the street outside my house. So embarresed.

        • Party time
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          You love to see it 😉

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            hehe

        • Releasebreaks
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Chelsea goal is justice for justin owners

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

          What a beautiful result.

          Makes me feel better about McCarthy being out and playing with 10 this week

        • Rolls-Royce
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Magnus having mare on FPL as well as on the chess board this week.

        • JOELIO8701
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Justin.
          Bellerin.
          Mee.
          McArthy.

          Ruined my weekend

          City lose cs? I do not give a D

        • Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Argh poop. That goal cost me 10pts and my cup game