Man City team news: Predicted 4-3-3 line up vs Sheffield Wed – Aguero knock, Bravo choice
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola faces a selection headache for the trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday. The Citizens head to Hillsborough knowing that a place in the sixth round of the cup is up for grabs.
City go into the tie on the back of winning the Carabao Cup against Aston Villa.
Guardiola’s side won 2-1 at Wembley to secure the trophy for the third time in as many years.
Sheffield Wednesday stand in City’s way of another trip to England’s national stadium this season.
Guardiola will be able to call upon Sergio Aguero, if needed, in a major boost to the City boss.
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Aguero took a knock in the Carabao Cup final, and was forced to be replaced with Gabriel Jesus.
But the manager confirmed that he’s available to play on Wednesday night.
Claudio Bravo will also be playing for the club again at Hillsborough.
He retains his place in goal, ahead of usual No 1, Ederson.
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Leroy Sane remains unavailable, despite fans hoping to see the fan favourite.
Sane has been out of action for the first team since the Community Shield with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. But he made his first appearance since his injury for City’s Under-21s on Friday night.
Ahead of the tie, Guardiola said: “Sergio, he’ll be okay for tomorrow.”
“But Leroy is not ready. After six months out, it’s a process.
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“You feel good but confidence… he’s doing the normal steps to come back. Playing in second team for 50, 60 minutes…
“Now, after weeks and weeks, playing with second team. Maybe he can start (with them).”
With Bravo in goal, there could be a recall for Joao Cancelo at right-back, while Benjamin Mendy is expected to play on the left.
Youngster Eric Garcia could partner John Stones, as Guardiola aims to give Stones every chance of regaining his confidence.
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Ilkay Gundogan could be preferred in the holding midfield position, to give Rodri a rest.
Phil Foden is likely to continue after his stunning performance at Wembley, while David Silva maintains his place in the team.
Riyad Mahrez didn’t play on Sunday, and could be recalled, while Guardiola will be desperate to see Raheem Sterling get back on the scoresheet.
Despite Aguero’s fitness boost, the FA Cup gives Guardiola a chance to start Jesus.
Man City predicted line up vs Sheffield Wednesday (FA Cup)
(4-3-3) Bravo; Cancelo, Stones, Garcia, Mendy; Gundogan, Foden, D. Silva; Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus
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