Hopefully facing Leicester City is going to be an easy game for Manchester City who have a more important fixture to focus on this month. While it is true that the PL title is not secured yet but it might as well be as the 13 point difference is not something United nor Liverpool can easily recover by the end of the season. With that in mind, some players even though probably available by Saturday, could be rested for next week’s Champions League game.
Right now Guardiola’s side has 7 players listed as injured with 2 of them expected to be fit by this Saturday’s game.
David Silva – Abdominal Injury – Nothing too serious for the Spaniard who is one of the two players who should be fit by Saturday although Pep Guardiola will likely really want Silva against Basel as he is a game changer.
John Stones – Knee Injury – Nothing serious for Stones either despite being his 2nd injury in under 30 days. He is expected to be fit by the weekend. His presence in the starting eleven is under doubt just as Silva’s due to the Basel clash.
Fabian Delph – Kneey Injury – been out for 2 or 3 weeks now and has no return date scheduled. Delph’s injury was a massive blow for Guardiola who already improvised replacing Mendy with a midfielder.
Gabriel Jesus – Knee Ligament Injury – Everyone remembers Jesus crying while leaving the pitch. If all goes well, he will be back early March.
Leroy Sane – Ankle Injury – Another important loss for City who hope, best case scenario, to get the German International back sometime in March after him suffering the injury vs Cardiff City in the FA Cup.
Benjamin Mendy – Knee Ligament Injury – out since September, he is expected back in April. Not sure if that will happen or if he will be fully fit earlier than the start of next season.
Phil Foden – Ankle Injury – out since December. No return date set for the youngster.
Leicester on the other hand are among the Premier League fortunate teams with just one injured player ahead of the City clash.
Wes Morgan – Hamstring Injury – out since the beginning of 2018, Morgan should be available in 2 weeks but no sooner than that.
Despite the massive squad problems, City are the stronger side and are very likely to win even if they improvise a bit in terms of starting line-ups. We expect a strong performance from the Citizens who need a good mental boost ahead of the Champions League game after last weekend’s draw vs Burnley in the Premier League.