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Guardiola uncertain on Haaland, De Bruyne, Doku's availability

Posted : 05 January 2024

Manchester City's manager, Pep Guardiola, expressed uncertainty regarding the availability of Erling Haaland, Kevin de Bruyne, and Jeremy Doku for the upcoming FA Cup third-round match against Huddersfield Town.


While all three players trained well during the week, Guardiola is cautious about their participation in Sunday's game. Haaland, the league's top scorer, has been recovering from a bruised foot and hasn't played since December 6.


Guardiola is hopeful about their readiness for future matches, emphasizing the importance of avoiding major setbacks in their recovery.


Kevin de Bruyne, recuperating from hamstring surgery, returned to the bench on December 30 after a prolonged absence since the season's opening day.


Doku, sidelined with a hamstring injury since early December, is also on the path to recovery. Guardiola mentioned that the trio feels good and is improving, but their availability for Sunday's match remains uncertain.


Unfortunately, John Stones, who suffered an ankle injury last week, has not returned to training, and Rodri will be unavailable due to a family matter.


While expressing condolences for Rodri's family loss, Guardiola emphasized the significance of prioritizing family during challenging times. Looking ahead, Guardiola expressed a desire for De Bruyne to maintain his exceptional form and stressed the importance of preventing any re-injury.


With a busy schedule in December, City is set to have a less intense January, allowing for a necessary break and time to refresh before upcoming challenges in the FA Cup and Premier League.


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