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Big Man City boost: Shakhtar Donetsk star fails a drugs test

Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk

Everything is coming up roses for Man City right now.

Pep Guardiola’s side look far improved this season; is that a surprise considering how much they spent in the summer?

On Saturday the Sky Blues continued their incredible recent run. They smashed five goals past Crystal Palace to stay top of the Premier League.

The games come thick and fast for City, as they return to Champions League action in midweek.

The Sky Blues started their UCL campaign with a superb 4-0 win away at Feyenoord.

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This week they welcome Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester in a match Pep Guardiola’s side will be expected to win.

Drug ban for Darijo Srna

Shakhtar Donetsk have been rocked in the build up to Tuesday night’s match in Manchester.

That’s after news has broken that their club captain, Darijo Srna, has been banned from playing against City.

News has broken that the 35-year-old failed a doping test back in March.

Srna has publicly denied the charges, while he’s now focused on trying to clear his name. That’s resulted in him taking a leave from action.

Srna released the following statement about failing the doping test:

Firstly and most importantly, I would like to make it clear that I have never knowingly or intentionally taken any prohibited substance, nor unfairly intended to gain a competitive advantage. I am investigating the possible source of the substance and am cooperating fully with NADCU in this respect.

In order to focus on my defence and avoid any undue distractions for the team, I have made the decision to refrain myself from playing until the ongoing legal proceedings have been resolved. I will now be focused entirely on clearing my name and reputation.

Zirka 2 – Shakhtar Donetsk 4

Shakhtar warmed up for the City game with a 4-2 away win at Zirka on Saturday in the Ukraine.

Shakhtar are top of the their league after 10 rounds of the season.

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