As Pep Guardiola gets ready for Manchester City to take on Newcastle, Erling Haaland is still out for the club.
If City wins three points at St. James Park, they will have a chance to close the gap on leaders Liverpool to just two points. But because his absence extends to a tenth game, they will be without their great number nine once more.
In addition, Guardiola will have to do without John Stones while waiting on Jack Grealish to bounce back from a sickness that has interfered with his week. “Hopefully today he’s back,” he stated, “[but] Erling is out and John are out.”
Kevin De Bruyne, who made his first-team comeback and contributed an assist in City’s FA Cup victory against Huddersfield, is better news for the team. After the match, the Belgian emphasised that he did not anticipate starting any time soon, but Guardiola, who was pleasantly surprised by Huddersfield’s performance, maintains that he is ready.
“What I saw yesterday he looks really good and dynamic,” he stated. “The time he spent on the pitch was excellent; it exceeded his performance in the pre-Huddersfield training session, when he was still developing.
“Having highs and lows in training is common after five months of injury. He is improving. After the game, we’ll train for four or five days in Abu Dhabi, which will help us improve over the next months.”