‘Ready’ - Pep Guardiola gives fitness update on two Man City players ahead of Burnley clash

The Manchester City manager could have a fully fit squad for Friday's Premier League opener against Burnley.
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Pep Guardiola has said Manchester City’s summer signing Josko Gvardiol will be available for Friday’s Premier League clash against Burnley, and has settled in ‘perfectly’ since his transfer was confirmed last week.

The centre-back arrived in a £77.6m switch from RB Leipzig, becoming the world’s second-most expensive defender in the process. Gvardiol missed last week’s Community Shield fixture against Arsenal, with his arrival only confirmed the day before.

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But after a week of training with his new team-mates, Guardiola said the Croatian international is ‘ready’ to play on Friday night in the Premier League opener at Turf Moor.

Fellow defender Nathan Ake is also an option for the City boss. The 28-year-old, who recently signed a new deal with the club that runs to 2027, missed the Community Shield loss on penalties due to a slight knock.

Ake also sat out the club’s final pre-season friendly, a 2-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid on 30 July, but was seen in training during the week and has recovered in time to be involved against Burnley.

“He is training good. He is ready too,” Guardiola said in Friday’s press conference, when asked about Ake’s fitness.

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With Kevin De Bruyne also recently returning from a hamstring injury he sustained in June’s Champions League final, it means City are expected to travel to Burley with a fully fit squad, even if Gvardiol, Ake and De Bruyne are unlikely to have the required fitness to start against Vincent Kompany’s side.

Joao Cancelo may not be involved after the defender missed last week’s encounter at Wembley, with speculation that the Portuguese full-back is set to complete a move to Barcelona.

Cole Palmer has also been linked with an exit this week, and Guardiola admitted he is still not sure if the youngster will remain at the Etihad this season.

"Cole is with us. Today he's with us. What will happen, I don't know," the Catalan explained. “I understand completely he wants to be more active than the previous season. Riyad Mahrez has gone, so I have one more place there.

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"We will see. I cannot say anything because the last decision belongs to the club. The club, not the players, not the agents. If you want to leave here, ok, but deal with the club. The club have to decide if the best is to loan him, or transfer, or stay here."