The Premier League champions are fresh from securing qualification to the Champions League round of 16 as group winners, with a 3-2 comeback win over RB Leipzig.
Manchester City injury news:
City’s summer signing withdrew from international duty during the latest break, due to a suspected muscular injury.
A statement from the Portuguese FA read: “The midfielder is unfit for Portugal’s two games. Matheus Nunes was declared clinically unfit for games against Liechtenstein and Iceland after undergoing tests.”
In his pre-match press conference, Pep Guardiola stated that Nunes is in the “last days” of his recovery, and it will be tight as to whether the £53 million signing will be available for Sunday’s match.
𝘽𝙍𝙀𝘼𝙆𝙄𝙉𝙂: Mateo Kovacic is back in training and in contention, Pep Guardiola has confirmed. pic.twitter.com/BHYtYfUH1g
— City Report (@cityreport_) December 1, 2023
The Croatian also withdrew from international duty, and like Nunes, didn’t make the squads for both the Liverpool and RB Leipzig matches.
A quad strain has effected the midfielder, who swapped London for Manchester in the summer, but it is thought that the 29-year-old will be available for selection, with Guardiola stating that Kovacic is “back, training well.”
Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne has been sidelined since August due to a hamstring problem, which subsequently required surgery.
The Belgium international will not be back until at least early 2024.