Manchester City head to Wembley for the Carabao Cup Final on Sunday, with a match against Aston Villa lying in wait. Pep Guardiola could ring the changes for the clash to make sure that the squad is fully fit for the upcoming Champions League matches.
Guardiola has already confirmed that Aymeric Laporte will be out of action for around three weeks.
The defender limped off the pitch against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.
There were fears that his season could be over, after already spending five months on the sidelines.
But, his absence could provide an opportunity for young Eric Garcia to enjoy the limelight once more.
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Meanwhile, the cup final has come too soon for forward Leroy Sane.
The German has been injured since the Community Shield clash against Liverpool, in August.
He has been recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, and has been forced to endure lengthy rehabilitation.
Sane played with the Under-23s on Friday night, as he aims to make a full recovery in recent weeks.
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Elsewhere, there could be a return to the starting line-up for Raheem Sterling.
The England international only made the bench for the Champions League clash in Madrid.
After being rested in the Spanish capital, Sergio Aguero is set to be re-introduced to the team.
Youngster Phil Foden may also be called upon to command the middle of the pitch.
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Claudio Bravo has started all of the Carabao Cup fixtures so far this season, and he’s expected to start.
Kyle Walker has played a lot of matches over recent months, and Joao Cancelo may be used instead, while Oleksandr Zinchenko is likely to play ahead of Benjamin Mendy on the left.
In the middle, Garcia could be partnered by John Stones, who didn’t even make the squad for City’s trip to Madrid.
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Rodri has also played a number of matches in the Carabao Cup this season, and is likely to start ahead of Fernandinho.
Kevin de Bruyne’s Man of the Match performance against Real Madrid earns him a well-deserved rest, while David Silva starts alongside Foden.
Riyad Mahrez has been in excellent so far this season, and is expected to continue on the left.
Sterling will be occupying his preferred left-hand side, with Aguero acting as the team’s only centre-forward.
Man City predicted line up vs Aston Villa (Carabao Cup Final)
(4-3-3) Bravo; Cancelo, Stones, Garcia, Zinchenko; Rodri, Foden, D. Silva; Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero
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