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Key Man City pair absent from training ahead of Everton

Key Man City pair absent from training ahead of Everton

De Bruyne and Grealish MIA before weekend clash

Manchester City is in full swing with their preparations for a weekend clash with Everton at the Etihad on Saturday but the status of star duo Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish remains unclear.

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Neither player was pictured in a training video taken earlier today as Pep Guardiola put his Citizens outfit through their paces before the Toffees come to town, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Summer signing Jack Grealish had returned to the club early for injury assessment and subsequently missed England’s 10-0 battering of minnows San Marino on Monday night.

As for creative fulcrum Kevin De Bruyne, the Belgian star also failed to turn up in the training video, throwing doubt surrounding the fitness and availability of the key pair as City look to chance down table-topping Chelsea who take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in Saturday’s lunchtime fixture.

Double fitness boost received by Manchester City

Though the status surrounding Manchester City stars Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish remains unclear, both Bernardo Silva and Cole Palmer are both fit and available for selection ahead of the weekend after the pair suffered fitness scares of their own.

Key Man City pair absent from training ahead of Everton

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 23: Bernardo Silva of Manchester City battles for possession with Dan Burn of Brighton & Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on October 23, 2021 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

City starlet Cole Palmer was taken off for England’s U21 side against the Czech Republic and also missed the following friendly against Georgia, while Bernardo Silva did not feature against Ireland due to muscle complaints as was mentioned earlier during the international break.

Their availability is certainly timely given the concerns surrounding De Bruyne and Grealish, but City should still be considered comfortable favorites at the weekend against an out-of-form Everton outfit that has failed to win in their last five Premier League outings.


This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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