Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Crystal Palace
Posted On March 22, 2019
Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday
Pep Guardiola will be able to call upon Kevin De Bruyne when Manchester City take on Crystal Palace on Saturday.
De Bruyne came on as a substitute against Everton last weekend and started in the Carabao Cup in midweek, and Guardiola will have to decided whether to name the Belgian in the starting XI again, or keep him back for away games against Leicester and Southampton after Christmas.
The Catalan will also have to decided between Sergio Aguero, who also returned in midweek, and Gabriel Jesus, who scored twice against Everton a week ago.
David Silva misses out again with a hamstring injury, while Benjamin Mendy is out following knee surgery.
Vincent Kompany has missed the last two match day squads with an unspecified injury.
Claudio Bravo is a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury but Danilo has returned to training this week following a number of set-backs.
Neither side have any suspensions.
Oleksandr Zinchenko could start at left-back in place of Fabian Delph, as the Ukrainian has generally started home matches against teams expected to defend. With two tricky away matches coming up, Delph could be kept back.
John Stones has a good chance of partnering Aymeric Laporte at centre-back given Nicolas Otamendi has looked a little shaky of late, and both young centre-backs are especially good on the ball.
Guardiola may be tempted to bring De Bruyne back slowly, and would mean a midfield partnership of Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan playing ahead of Fernandinho.
Aguero is more likely to return to the starting line-up given he has not been out of action for anywhere near as long as De Bruyne, but Jesus’ two goals against Everton could provide him with the opportunity to start in the league yet again.
Raheem Sterling is likely to come back into the line-up after starting the last two matches on the bench, and Leroy Sane could provide the width on the left-hand side as he has tended to do in the absence of Mendy.
Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is out after missing last weekend’s win over Leicester, as is defender Martin Kelly.
Cheikhou Kouyate was withdrawn during that game and will be assessed to see whether he can return against City.
Christian Benteke is a long-term absentee with a knee injury.
Kick off is 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET) on Saturday. The game will not be shown on television in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBC in the United States, and on various channels around the world.