City trio in line for derby de­buts

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ILKAY Gun­do­gan, Leroy Sane and Clau­dio Bravo will all be avail­able to make their Manch­ester City de­buts in the derby against United at Old Traf­ford on Satur­day, a source has told ESPN FC.

None of the three has fea­tured for Pep Guardi­ola’s side since join­ing in the sum­mer, although Bravo only ar­rived from Barcelona four days be­fore City played West Ham on Au­gust 28.

Gun­do­gan has been re­cov­er­ing from a dis­lo­cated kneecap, suf­fered while at Borus­sia Dort­mund in May, which kept him out of the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship.

How­ever, the £21 mil­lion sign­ing has been back in full train­ing for over a fort­night while Sane, who joined from Schalke in Au­gust, is also avail­able after over­com­ing a ham­string in­jury.

Bravo, mean­while, has taken over the No. 1 shirt from Joe Hart after the Eng­land keeper moved to Ital­ian club Torino on a sea­son-long loan.

How­ever, the Chile in­ter­na­tional has yet to train with the first team, ac­cord­ing to The Sun, so Guardi­ola may stick with Willy Ca­ballero, who has started all three of City’s Pre­mier League matches this sea­son.

Cap­tain Vin­cent Kom­pany is push­ing to be in­cluded against United after com­ing through a be­hind-closed doors train­ing match last week.

The Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional has not played since limp­ing out of the Cham­pi­ons League semi­fi­nal de­feat to Real Madrid in May with a thigh in­jury.

But City are without striker Ser­gio Aguero, banned after be­ing found guilty of el­bow­ing de­fender Win­ston Reid in the win over West Ham.— ESPNFC.

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