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Why a trio of key Manchester City players are missing against Brentford

Why a trio of key Manchester City players are missing against Brentford

Manchester City setting the pace

Just like last season, Manchester City are setting a blistering pace at the top of the Premier League table.

The reigning champions currently sit 6 points clear of the chasing pack, having recorded a handsome 6-3 win over Leicester City last time out.

The Foxes have since done them a favour, too, beating nearest title challengers Liverpool thanks to a 1-0 scoreline at the King Power Stadium last night.

Now, Pep Guardiola’s side travel to London to take on Brentford, knowing that a win could take them nine points clear at the top of the pile should Chelsea slip up against Brighton.

But, not all have travelled.

Why Kyle Walker, Rodri and John Stones are missing

A short while ago, the Manchester City team news was announced, and it was certainly eye catching.

While a strong side was still put out by Pep Guardiola, there were notable absentees.

Kyle Walker, Rodri and John Stones were all left out of the 18-man squad named for the Brentford clash.

And, in an update on the Manchester City website, the club gave little away, simply stating that:

Rodrigo, John Stones and Kyle Walker are not fully fit and are not included in the matchday squad for our final game of 2021.

Can they still find a way past an injury-hit Brentford outfit?

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
6 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
7 Manchester United 21 5 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 19 -3 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 22 -11 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6