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Manchester City: Pep Guardiola handed huge double boost over defensive duo

Manchester City: Pep Guardiola handed huge double boost over defensive duo -Manchester City News

Pep Guardiola has been handed a huge double injury boost ahead of Manchester City’s game against Borussia Dortmund tonight, with John Stones and Aymeric Laporte fit enough to be included in the 21-man squad.

THE LOWDOWN: INJURY ISSUES

Both Stones and Laporte have been unlucky with injury this season, with City enduring their fair share of absentees, which has flown under the radar somewhat due to their ruthless winning momentum.

England international Stones has made just seven appearances in all competitions for City this season due to a hamstring injury.

Meanwhile, Laporte has fared even worse, making just four appearances having endured knee surgery over the summer.

THE LATEST: A DOUBLE BOOST

Despite their lack of action for the Citizens this season, the pair are fit enough to be included in the 21-man squad to face Erling Haaland’s former side, Borussia Dortmund, in the Champions League tonight.

Announced on the official Manchester City website, the defensive duo have overcome their respective setbacks at just the right time amid the condensed fixture schedule ahead of the World Cup, which is just around the corner.

THE VERDICT: BIG OPTIONS AT THE BACK

Featuring in their last game against Brighton & Hove Albion, Laporte was thrown into the deep end upon his return, facing the in-form side in what was his third full start in all competitions since returning from his spell on the sidelines.

His minutes have been carefully managed, and having got through the recent spell of fixtures, he will build on his previous two Champions League outings against FC Copenhagen, which resulted in two clean sheets.

Stones was on the bench for the 3-1 win against Roberto De Zerbi’s side, with his inclusion in the squad coming as more of a shock due to the fact that he has not played for the side in over a month.

It remains to be seen how many minutes the pair will be granted this evening, but their inclusion in the latest squad is very promising for their stability after overcoming their respective injuries.


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