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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says teams competing in Europe face ‘completely crazy’ schedule

Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte missed the Porto contest – and last weekend’s 1-0 win over Arsenal – through injury, while Nathan Ake was also not part of the matchday squad on Wednesday due to a groin issue.

De Bruyne and Laporte have returned to training, and when asked whether either of them or Ake would be involved on Saturday, Guardiola said: “Yes, some of them will be involved, some of them no. You will know tomorrow.”

Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy are definite absentees. Regarding forward Jesus, who has a quadriceps injury, Guardiola said: “He’s getting better but it was a tough injury. Still, he cannot train with us.

“I know when he will start, he will be ready – he is a guy who gets the form quick. But right now I don’t know (how long). Maybe one week, two weeks more.”

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