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Guardiola’s Squad Update: Haaland, Doku, and De Bruyne Nearing Return

Pep Guardiola recently addressed the eagerly awaited updates on the fitness of Erling Haaland, Jeremy Doku, and Kevin De Bruyne, offering encouraging insights into their imminent return to the pitch. Here’s a comprehensive overview ahead of City’s upcoming FA Cup third-round clash with Huddersfield.

Players on the Mend

In a positive turn of events, De Bruyne, Doku, and Haaland have actively participated in the recent first-team training sessions. Guardiola expressed satisfaction with their progress, highlighting Jeremy Doku’s notable fitness and Kevin De Bruyne’s return following an extended absence due to hamstring surgery.

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Guardiola’s Words: “Jeremy feels really good, Kevin as well. Kevin was a long time [out], so we have to think about his condition. We have to be patient and give him the right minutes. Erling is a little better; we need to be careful.”

Caution and Patience

Guardiola emphasized the need for caution and patience as the trio near readiness. With De Bruyne’s prolonged absence, the manager stressed the importance of carefully managing their playing time, ensuring a gradual return to optimal match fitness. Haaland’s improvement was acknowledged, with Guardiola underlining the need for caution due to a recent bone issue.

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Guardiola’s Words: “Hopefully [they will be able to play soon but], I don’t know for Sunday or for Newcastle, but for the rest they will be ready.”

Uncertain Availability

While the players are progressing positively, Guardiola remains uncertain about their availability for the upcoming FA Cup clash against Huddersfield on Sunday at 14:00 (UK). Decisions will be based on their fitness levels and overall readiness.

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Illness and Absences

Guardiola disclosed that illness has affected player availability for the upcoming match. Bernardo Silva, Kalvin Phillips, Matheus Nunes, and Scott Carson are currently sidelined. Additionally, Rodrigo is dealing with a family bereavement, and John Stones continues his recovery from an injury sustained in the previous fixture against Everton.

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Family Matters First

Expressing sympathy for Rodrigo’s situation, Guardiola acknowledged the passing of his grandmother and emphasized the importance of prioritizing family matters during challenging times.

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Stones’ Status

John Stones, absent in recent victories, is still not training with the first team. Guardiola refrained from providing a specific timeframe for Stones’ return, stating that he’s getting better but remains out of training.

Guardiola’s Words: “He’s not training with us. He’s getting better but not training with us. I don’t know [when he’s back].”

Stay tuned for further updates as City navigates player availability challenges, aiming for success in the FA Cup. Wishing a swift recovery to the affected players and strength to Rodrigo during this difficult time.

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2 Manchester City 26 18 5 3 59 26 +33 59
3 Arsenal 26 18 4 4 62 23 +39 58
4 Aston Villa 26 16 4 6 56 35 +21 52
5 Tottenham Hotspur 25 14 5 6 52 38 +14 47
6 Manchester United 26 14 2 10 36 36 +0 44
7 Brighton & Hov… 26 10 9 7 49 41 +8 39
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9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 11 5 10 40 40 +0 38
10 Newcastle United 26 11 4 11 54 45 +9 37
11 Chelsea 25 10 5 10 42 41 +1 35
12 Fulham 26 9 5 12 36 42 -6 32
13 Crystal Palace 26 7 7 12 31 44 -13 28
14 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 33 47 -14 28
15 Everton 26 8 7 11 28 34 -6 25
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17 Nottingham Forest 26 6 6 14 34 48 -14 24
18 Luton Town 25 5 5 15 35 51 -16 20
19 Burnley 26 3 4 19 25 58 -33 13
20 Sheffield United 26 3 4 19 22 66 -44 13
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