Manchester City is still without Jeremy Doku and Erling Haaland as they get ready to play Crvena Zvezda in the Champions League this week.
Tuesday morning, neither player had any training at the City Football Academy. The team then flew to Belgrade for their last Champions League Group G match, which City is already certain to win. Ederson missed work as well due to illness.
Due to a “stress on the bone” in his foot, Pep Guardiola stated on Sunday that Haaland will be evaluated every week. He is also unlikely to be fit for Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace and the Club World Cup the following week. Guardiola was careful not to push Doku back too soon and put more strain on his injured muscle.
Twenty-three players, including some youth players, worked out on Tuesday. Guardiola might try to rotate his team for a match where neither team has any stake in the outcome.
The under-21 players on City’s Champions League squad ‘B List’ are eligible to play against Red Star if they are confirmed by Tuesday at midnight. The club’s youth players have also won their group in the UEFA Youth League. Micah Hamilton, Kane Taylor, Max Alleyne, and Mahamadou Susoho participated in the training.
Oscar Bobb, Sergio Gomez, Matheus Nunes, and Kalvin Phillips are examples of periphery players whom Guardiola may turn to. Rico Lewis, Manu Akanji, and John Stones, on the other hand, may start after not starting against Luton on Sunday.
Doku and Haaland are not the only players out. Kevin De Bruyne is also not likely to play, even though he is a member of the Club World Cup team. Guardiola did not yet practise with the team, but he did declare last week that he was back running on the training pitch.
Man City’s training team:
Kovacic, Nunes, Bernardo, Foden, Grealish, Bobb, Alvarez; Walker, Lewis, Akanji, Ake, Dias, Alleyne, Gvardiol, Stones, Gomez, Rodri, Taylor, Susoho, Hamilton, Phillips, and Ortega, Carson.