West Ham have been boosted by the news that Manchester City could be without three of their star players for Sunday’s Premier League fixture.
David Moyes’s side travel to the Etihad Stadium sitting fourth
in the table, three points behind the current champions who are second.
Pep Guardiola will be without midfield creator Kevin De Bruyne, who is still self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19 last week.
There are also injury doubts over Jack Grealish, who has
been absent since the international break, and Phil Foden, who missed the
midweek win over PSG in the Champions League.
“They are training individually,” Guardiola said about the two England internationals [via the club’s official website].
“They are much better, especially Phil. Right now they are
on a day off and tomorrow we train in the morning and we will see how they
“We will not take risks, but hopefully they will come back soon.”
De Bruyne, Foden and Grealish have registered 10 goals and nine
assists between them this season so Manchester City are certainly a lesser
force without them.
Foden scored the equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the London
Stadium last season, while Grealish also netted against the Hammers for Aston
Villa 12 months ago.
But of course given the strength of Pep Guardiola’s squad, there
are still several dangerous players who will feature in the absence of the
Goals from Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling helped City
beat PSG in midweek, while Sterling also scored against Everton last weekend
along with Bernardo Silva.
In addition, Riyad Mahrez is a threat on the right wing and
19-year-old Cole Palmer is emerging from the academy, having scored in the
Champions League this season.
However, it is worth remembering that Mahrez, Sterling and Palmer all started, while Jesus came off the bench, when City failed to score against West Ham in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.
In other West Ham news, Mark Lawrenson has predicted the outcome of the Hammers’ trip to the Etihad Stadium.
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