Manchester City return to Premier League action this weekend, with a huge clash against bitter rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium next on the agenda.
Pep Guardiola's side completed their final international break before the 2022 FIFA World Cup with just one injury concern, while Kalvin Phillips underwent surgery on a shoulder problem in an attempt to get fully-fit ahead of the tournament.
Last time out, Manchester City cruised to a 0-3 away win at Molineux, with a first-half demolition of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Erling Haaland was on the scoresheet once again for the Blues, while wide pair Phil Foden and Jack Grealish complimented the scoreline with strikes of their own.
Manchester United on the other hand, haven't played Premier League football since early September.
That was a 3-1 Old Trafford victory against the in-form Arsenal.
However, consecutive postponements means their last fixture came against Sheriff in the UEFA Europa League.
Manchester City Team News
John Stones was the latest Manchester City player to sustain an injury concern, picking up a problem during the international break.
The England centre-back was withdrawn in the first-half of a 3-3 draw with Germany with a suspected hamstring problem, and Pep Guardiola confirmed on Friday afternoon that he would play no part in the weekend's fixture.
Speaking to the media, the Manchester City manager said, "He will be back when is ready.
"It will not be four, five or six weeks, it will be less.
“I don’t know when he will come back, but I think maybe 10 days to two weeks."
Guardiola was also on hand to provide an update on Kalvin Phillips, after Manchester City's summer signing had surgery on a persistent shoulder problem during the international break.
The Catalan coach revealed, "He feels really good.
"His mobility is getting better. He took the right decision otherwise he couldn’t move forward. Every training session it would go out, out.
"Hopefully this will solve the problem and hopefully he is ready and can come back in time for the World Cup and after the World Cup, come back with us."
Finally, there is further encouragement this week on the road to recovery for Aymeric Laporte following his knee surgery in the summer.
Pep Guardiola reaffirmed that the Spain international is well on his way to a return to action, and could even return to the matchday squad on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester United Team News
Erik ten Hag provided a comprehensive update on his Manchester United squad on Friday afternoon.
First order of the day was to confirm absentees, with John Stones' England centre-back partner Harry Maguire ruled out for the weekend.
The Manchester United manager explained in full, "We have injuries following (the international break).
"Harry Maguire is injured and I think for the rest we have some doubts with Anthony Martial, but he was training all week with the group so I'm really happy with that situation.
"He is performing really well in training, he makes a good impression in training so we are also happy with that.
"And for the rest, only the long-term injuries like Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams, they are not available."
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