Blues dou­ble boost to spur them on

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By JOE BRAY

PEP Guardi­ola has been handed a po­ten­tial boost for City’s trip to Tot­ten­ham this month.

The Blues will play Spurs at Wem­b­ley on Oc­to­ber 29 in a game pushed back to the Mon­day evening due to the de­layed com­ple­tion of the new Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur Sta­dium.

As a re­sult of an NFL fix­ture be­ing held at Wem­b­ley that week­end, City are likely to have to play the match on a worn pitch on the Mon­day night with the Carabao Cup game against Ful­ham sched­uled for the fol­low­ing Thurs­day.

Now, the Blues have been handed a po­ten­tial boost as in­flu­en­tial Spurs de­fender Jan Ver­tonghen has been ruled out of the clash through in­jury.

Ver­tonghen, 31, in­jured his ham­string against Hud­der­s­field on Septem­ber 29, and Spurs have now re­vealed he will be out for a month.

They said: “Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion

‘Manch­ester City Folk­lore: What Ev­ery Blue Needs to Know’ by Gary James is avail­able in pa­per­back. (Conker Edi­tions Ltd). has shown a good ini­tial re­sponse to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. The Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional de­fender will now con­tinue his re­cov­ery with a view to re­turn­ing to full train­ing by De­cem­ber.”

That means Ver­tonghen will miss Spurs’ cru­cial games against City and Chelsea. Spurs lined up with Toby Alder­weireld and Davin­son Sanchez in their last game against Cardiff. City will hope for a dou­ble boost at Wem­b­ley as Kevin de Bruyne could be back af­ter re­turn­ing to train­ing.

Fans pack the Eti­had Sta­dium

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