Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pain Game

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pain Game

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FERNANDINHO and David Silva have added to City's injury woes - leaving Pep Guardiola with just FIFTEEN fit players for tonight's Champions League clash with Hoffenheim Sergio Aguero trained yesterday and is expected to return against Everton on Saturday after missing three matches with a groin injury, while Kevin de Bruyne, who also trained, is closing on a return - but neither are ready for the visit of the Germans to the Etihad.

Silva, who limped off at Chelsea with a hamstring injury, will be out for a 'few weeks'.

Brazilian midfield ace Fernandinho - perhaps the one player for whom City have no obvious replacement - will also miss tonight's game, which City only need to draw to top their group.

On Silva, Guardiola said: "In the last game he was subbed, it was a muscular problem, but he'll be stopped for a few days, a few weeks - Sergio maybe the weekend. …

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