Manchester City full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko is back in full training after over a month out with a knee injury. The Ukrainian international had to have surgery at the end of October but he has now fit and available for selection.
It’s unlikely that he’ll start against Burnley tomorrow night, but he could well be in contention for the derby against Manchester United on Saturday evening.
Aymeric Laporte says he may return to training by mid-January if his recovery goes to plan. The Frenchman has been out since August with his own knee problem, but the defender is predicting he could be back in six weeks:
“[My recovery] is going very well. Still I need time but I hope as soon as possible I can come back and play with my teammates. I can’t say when exactly but more or less one month-and-a-half to two months.”
The timeframe given for his return by manager Pep Guardiola was the start of February so there is a chance that the 25-year-old could be back slightly earlier than expected.
In terms of other injury news, Sergio Aguero is likely to be out for another couple of weeks with a tendon injury, while Leroy Sane (knee) is still on course to make his comeback in the New Year.