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Huge boost for Man City as midfielder returns for Bournemouth clash

Manchester City have confirmed that midfielder David Silva has returned to their side for the Citizens’ clash with Bournemouth this afternoon.

Matchup

The two sides are set to go head to head in a Premier League matchup at the Etihad, with the hosts keen to continue their remarkable form to this point in the campaign.

Guardiola’s men have won 16 straight Premier League fixtures coming into today, with their only dropped points of the season having come during a 1-1 draw with Everton in gameweek 2.

Bournemouth, meanwhile, saw their stellar efforts in a midweek Carabao Cup tie with Chelsea eventually prove fruitless, after the Cherries’ late equalizer was cancelled out by Alvaro Morata in injury-time.

In the Premier League, the struggling Vitality outfit have not earned a victory in their last 6 outings.

Teams

The lineups for today’s matchup were announced a short time ago, with one key name making a return to the Citizens’ side.

The player in question is David Silva, who missed his side’s victory over Tottenham last weekend due to personal reasons.

Pep Guardiola admitted yesterday that he didn’t know if the Spaniard would be available for this afternoon, but, as has since been revealed by City’s official Twitter account, Silva has indeed returned to the club’s starting lineup:

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, meanwhile, has provided a baptism of fire for young defender Jack Simpson, who is handed his Premier League debut versus the free-scoring Citizens: