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Aymeric Laporte will miss the match after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season in Sunday’s 2-1 win over West Ham. John Stones should seamlessly take the Spain international’s place in the side.

Jack Grealish would be desperate to be available for the trip to his boyhood club, but he has not played for City since his injury in the last international break. Phil Foden also suffered a blow while on English duty, although he managed to start in the 3-0 win over Everton before he felt uncomfortable.

Both are back in training, though, and will be assessed before the match with Villa.

However, Kevin De Bruyne is unlikely to play. The Belgian playmaker has completed his isolation period after contracting Covid-19 in Belgium, but Guardiola has warned against returning him directly to the stadiums due to the impact of the virus on other players.

In fact, aside from the upcoming Stones, City may line up with the same 11 starters that topped West Ham at the weekend. This will see Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez – who have enjoyed a surge in form over the past month – stay on top.


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