Wolves and Man City face off in a Premier League match at Molineux as they attempt to bounce back from their Carabao Cup losses.
Both teams have resumed their regular campaigns where they are set to return to their strongest lineups after being eliminated from the regular Cup by Ipswich Town and Newcastle United, respectively.
There is a lot to get through because Gary O’Neil and Pep Guardiola are both affected by injuries and suspensions. The main discussion will centre on whether Matheus Nunes plays against his old team after joining the league champions for £53 million.
Here is the most recent injury and team news in preparation for Wolves vs. Man City.
Wolves Team News
After receiving a red card against Luton Town, Jean-Ricner Bellegare is now on suspension. Gary O’Neil stated that the £12.8 million sining apologised to him and his colleagues and that he had no concerns about the choice.
Tommy Doyle will not participate because he is ineligible to play against his parent club. It seems improbable that Man City would permit Doyle to participate in a league game because they did not permit him to play against them when he was a player for Sheffield United and the two teams faced off in the FA Cup semifinal.
The 21-year-old has so far played as a substitute twice, once each against Luton Town and Liverpool, and started his first game on Tuesday against Ipswich Town. However, he will have to watch the match between his parent club and loan team from the stands.
Wolves haven’t had any major injuries, and Joe Hodge is the only player whose status is even remotely in doubt. He missed Tuesday night’s game at Portman Road due to a hamstring injury he picked up about a month ago against Blackpool. Wolves might have preferred using alternative players or been being careful with the midfielder.
Out: Jean-Ricner Bellegarde and Tommy Doyle. Joe Hodge is in doubt.
Man City Team News
Belgian superstar Kevin De Bruyne is out for the Citizens due to a hamstring injury sustained in their opening Premier League matchup against Burnley. Despite his “serious injury,” which will keep him out for at least a few months, they have been able to keep up their strong play.
Because of his limp versus Red Star Belgrade, Bernardo Silva is questionable for this weekend. He was not there for the 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest and was anticipated to be sidelined for a week to ten days.
After suffering a hip injury last month, John Stones (hip) is questionable today. He participated in the Community Shield final and came off the bench against Sevilla, but he has yet to appear in any of City’s six Premier League games.
Pep Guardiola put him on the sidelines until after the last international break, but time is running out with mid-October just around the corner. Stones is “more or less there,” according to assistant Juanma Lillo, and Wolves may present a chance for him to come back.
Rodri won’t be playing for Man City because of an injury, but because of a suspension for grabbing Morgan Gibbs-White. He missed the 1-0 loss against Newcastle United and is now serving a two-game suspension.
After nursing an injury, Mateo Kovacic returned to play on Wednesday night. He played 68 minutes, and while he’s definitely not completely doubtful for the game, his entire contribution raises the possibility that he might not be healthy enough to play the full 90.
Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri are out. John Stones and Bernardo Silva are in doubt.