De Bruyne injuries could be a blessing for City, says Guardiola

The hosts have a number of injury concerns heading into the matchup, though, including setbacks to midfielders David Silva and Fernandino, though Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne could return from injuries of their own.

Now sitting in 7 place in the Premier League table, three points behind 6 placers Manchester United, Everton are a team who have quietly gone about their business in the league, slowly building momentum under new manager Marco Silva.

The 21-year-old has struggled for form this season but Guardiola showed faith in him for the visit of the Toffees by starting him ahead of the fit-again Sergio Aguero.

Laporte has since taken to Twitter to calm any fears onlookers may have had while also sparing the time to congratulate his team-mates on another win.

"[At Barca] It was tough for me because I wasn't feeling good". Guardiola would have expected his side to put in a performance after their defeat at Chelsea, and he will have been satisfied with how his players controlled the proceedings against a tricky opponent.

Out of the four Premier League sides, only City led their group while the remaining three finished in second place respectively.

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"In the Premier League, only the top five or six teams, managed by foreigners like [Jurgen] Klopp or [Pep] Guardiola, play great football", Vlasic told Gazzetta dello Sport, as cited by Royal Blue Mersey.

"When he came back I had the feeling that he was a little bit exhausted still".

"He has to recover his full condition, he has to compete with the players who have done incredibly well so far", added Guardiola. No pain, so we will see [if he plays tomorrow]. It's important but we must focus on what we have to do and try to beat them.

Pep Guardiola hopes a refreshed and recharged Kevin De Bruyne can prove to be a decisive boost in Manchester City's Premier League title defence.

'The cross was incredible from Fernandinho, it was good finishing, a good headed goal when we are not the tallest team.

With Idrissa Gueye failing a fitness test on a groin injury, Silva pulled Gylfi Sigurdsson back alongside André Gomes and handed Calvert-Lewin a chance to impress up front with Richarlison and Bernard on the flanks.

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