Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Late Fitness Tests for Big Three Ahead of Showdown

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Late Fitness Tests for Big Three Ahead of Showdown

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PEP Guardiola says City will make a decision on whether three key players can take part in tomorrow's Liverpool crunch.

Kevin de Bruyne, Benjamin Mendy and Ilkay Gundogan all remain doubts for the trip to Anfield, but all three will be given every chance to prove their fitness before the meeting of the Premier League top two.

The City manager initially said Fabian Delph is ruled out of his squad, and that a decision will be taken on Gundogan.

He said: "Fabian Delph is not available and the others are OK," when asked about the injury situation.

"Ilkay Gundogan has a little bit of a problem and could not train today. We will see tomorrow."

An when asked to clarify about De Bruyne's situation, he said "We will see tomorrow." De Bruyne has been out since August after damaging a lateral collateral ligament in his knee in training, but he returned to working with the squad earlier this week and has since stepped up his rehabilitation. …

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