Manchester City are expected to head into Sunday’s Premier League clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers with a fully fit squad.
Rico Lewis is the only minor doubt after he appeared to pick up a minor knock in the 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday. However, the teenager managed to play on with the issue and his substitution in the 83rd minute was seen as more precautionary rather than enforced.
Kyle Walker came on to replace the right-back and was part of a star-studded bench against Spurs that included Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo, Kalvin Phillips, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden, which emphasises Pep Guardiola’s rich resources at present.
The City boss could opt to introduce those fresher players for the visit of Wolves at the weekend, although it appears from his extraordinary post-match rant on Thursday that Guardiola is frustrated with the majority of his first-team stars at present.
As for Wolves, they do have several absentees for the clash at the Etihad, and long-term injuries to Boubacar Traore, Chiquinho, Pedro Neto and Sasa Kalajdzic will rule the quartet out. Wolves selected a fairly strong team for the FA Cup loss to Liverpool in midweek, but Jose Sa, Max Kilman, Joao Mountinho and Daniel Podence were given the night off and are likely to return to face City.
The Midlands club have been busy in the transfer market with Matheus Cunha arriving early in the January window, followed by Mario Lemina and Pablo Sarabia. The latter’s arrival was only announced this week and he could make his Wolves debut on Sunday, while Goncalo Guedes has joined Benfica on loan for the season and won’t be involved against City.
Wolves have made a marked improvement since Julen Lopetegui’s arrival, and the club have lost just one of their five league matches since the World Cup.
Doubt: Lewis (Man City)
Ruled out: B.Traore, Chiquinho, Neto, Kalajdzic (Wolves)