Aymeric Laporte

Fitness updates on De Bruyne, Laporte, Fernandinho and more ahead of Man City vs Watford

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has this afternoon provided updates on a quartet of his side’s sidelined stars, ahead of their meeting with Watford.

Man City vs Watford

The Citizens are set to welcome Javi Gracia’s Hornets to the Etihad tomorrow evening, for a Premier League clash.

Hosts City will head into proceedings with the chance to extend their lead over Liverpool atop the English top-flight, at least temporarily, to 4 points.

Guardiola’s men have been in absolutely scintillating form of late, having racked up 16 wins from their last 17 outings across all competitions, the latest of which saw the Premier League champions down Bournemouth by a goal to nil last weekend.

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Riyad Mahrez celebrates after scoring during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester City. Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

Watford, meanwhile, have also been in solid form over recent weeks, having secured wins in 4 of their last 5 fixtures.

Worryingly for the Hornets’ faithful, however, their side’s solitary loss during this stretch came in the form of a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Man City’s title rivals, Liverpool.

Kiko returns

Ahead of tomorrow’s outing at the Etihad, Watford boss Javi Gracia has a fully fit squad to choose from, with long-term injury absentee Kiko Femenia back in contention to start:

City updates

City, on the other hand, are currently dealing with a whole host of problems on the injury-front.

All of Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones have picked up respective fitness issues over the last couple of weeks, joining the likes of Fabian Delph and Benjamin Mendy on the sidelines.

However, there has been some positive news for the Citizens personnel-wise ahead of their clash with Watford.

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that all of the club’s injury absentees are ‘getting better’, with Aymeric Laporte in contention to return at the Etihad tomorrow:

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