Manchester City are set to play host Fulham as part of the latest round of fixtures in England’s top-flight this weekend.
After keeping a solid campaign to date on the continent alive courtesy of a comfortable win over Sevilla in midweek, Pep Guardiola and co. will turn their attentions back towards matters on the domestic front, in an Etihad showdown with the high-flying Cottagers.
The champions, for obvious reasons, will head into proceedings with sights firmly set on emerging with all three points.
This comes with City in the knowledge that, ahead of Arsenal’s crunch meeting with Chelsea 24 hours later, a victory over Fulham would guide them at least temporarily clear of the Gunners back to the summit of the Premier League table.
Amid a chaotic stretch in the English schedule, though, who is set to be at the disposal of Pep Guardiola? And perhaps even more importantly, who is not?
Let’s take a look at the latest personnel news across the Citizens’ ranks.
Predicted Man City line-up vs Fulham
The headline talking point when it comes to personnel news in the Manchester City ranks ahead of the weekend, of course, comes in the form of the latest on star hitman Erling Haaland.
The Norwegian has spent the last week on the sidelines, sitting out a pair of fixtures owing to a foot injury picked up during a Champions League meeting with ex-club Borussia Dortmund.
Haaland, though, is expected to be available on Saturday, after being spotted back in first-team training on Thursday.
Unveiled as City’s Player of the Month for October earlier today, Manuel Akanji remains a doubt to face Fulham.
The Swiss international was omitted from the Sky Blues’ matchday squad to face Sevilla in midweek, after being hooked prematurely at Leicester last weekend.
Akanji’s status for the upcoming round of fixtures, as a result, is currently unclear.
Kalvin Phillips/Kyle Walker
Next, we move onto two players guaranteed to miss out at the Etihad on Saturday.
Kalvin Phillips of course remains a long-term absentee from Guardiola’s ranks, sidelined since September owing to a shoulder complaint.
The summer arrival in Manchester has returned to partial training, but Fulham will come too soon.
Fellow England international Kyle Walker, meanwhile, is too unavailable for selection, after being forced to go under the knife to correct a groin problem early last month.
Optimism remains that he could yet return in time for the World Cup.