Man City vs Leicester team news - One doubt & five ruled out for Premier League clash

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Only one Manchester City player has definitely been ruled out of Saturday’s game against Leicester City.

Manchester City could have an almost fully-fit squad for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Leicester City.

The champions’ encounter with the Foxes is sandwiched in between the Champions League double header with Bayern Munich, and Pep Guardiola may have one eye on the return leg in Germany when he picks his team this weekend. Phil Foden remains the only confirmed absentee for City at present with the England international recently having his appendix removed and he has not featured for the club since 18 March.

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Should Guardiola opt to freshen up his side, Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and Julian Alvarez are options to come into the team. There is also a very slight doubt surrounding Kevin De Bruyne, who Guardiola said on Wednesday night was replaced for tactical reasons against Bayern and not because of an injury. However, the Belgian midfielder received treatment at the side of the pitch after appearing to pick up a slight knock and he didn’t appear to be moving freely before coming off.

As for Leicester, they will be without Harvey Barnes after the winger sustained a hamstring injury in last weekend’s loss to Bournemouth and Dean Smith confirmed that the 25-year-old will miss his first match in charge of the Foxes.

"Harvey Barnes will be out certainly on Saturday,” said the former Aston Villa manager. “He’s touch and go for next Saturday.” Smith also confirmed right-back Ricardo Pereira will be ruled out through injury.

But there’s better news on Youri Tielemans, who is back in contention for the first time since February. "He’s available for selection," Smith said on Friday when asked about the Belgian. "He hasn’t done a lot of minutes in training. We’ll asses whether he can start or come on as a substitute.”

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Leicester can also call upon the services of midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall once again after he sat out the Bournemouth defeat through suspension, while Jonny Evans is available after a long-term injury. However, James Justin and Ryan Bertrand remain out for Smith’s side.

Doubt: De Bruyne (City)

Ruled out: Foden (City); Justin, Pereira, Bertrand, Barnes (Leicester)

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