To encourage Pep Guardiola, Bernardo Silva and John Stones returned to Manchester City training.
Due to a number of injuries that have plagued the team, Silva has been out since the Blues’ victory over Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League last month, while Stones hasn’t started for them since the Community Shield. Due to the fitness situation, Guardiola fielded a depleted squad in the Carabao Cup last week against Newcastle, and although City lost that game, a more potent lineup subsequently suffered their first Premier League loss of the year at Wolves.
It is uncertain whether either player will be able to play against RB Leipzig on Wednesday, but having both back in training is promising for the team overall, especially ahead of the crucial match against Arsenal at the weekend. Mateo Kovacic and Jack Grealish have both resumed play for Wolves, leaving just Kevin De Bruyne out until the New Year with a hamstring injury sustained in the first Premier League match of the year.
When he faces the media on Tuesday in the afternoon, Guardiola might provide additional information on the players’ health. Due to the weather, City will have to have their press conference remotely from the UK because they will have to fly later than planned and are unable to hold it in person in Germany.
Alfie Harrison, Micah Hamilton, Tom Galvez, and four more young players practiced with the first squad on Tuesday morning in preparation for their trip to Germany. They will hope for playing time in the UEFA Youth League even if not all are involved with the first team.