Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits injury problems as host of stars out of Champions League clash at Lyon

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PEP GUARDIOLA has injury concerns ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Lyon.

The Ligue 1 side stunned Manchester City winning 2-1 at the Etihad in September.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits injury problems as host of stars out of Champions League clash at LyonAFP or licensors4 Pep Guardiola has injury problems ahead of Lyon game

A win at the Groupama Stadium will seal City's progression to the last 16 as Group F winners.

But the Premier League champions will have to do it without Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne who are all sidelined.

And to make matters worse, striker Gabriel Jesus who came on as a late sub in Saturday’s thumping of West Ham has not travelled to France due to a muscle injury.

However, the Brazilian’s injury is not serious and he could be back for this weekend’s game at home to Bournemouth.

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits injury problems as host of stars out of Champions League clash at LyonReuters4 Bernado Silva is out of the Lyon game
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits injury problems as host of stars out of Champions League clash at LyonAFP or licensors4 Gabriel Jesus has not travelled to Lyon due to an abductor injury

Guardiola said: “Gabriel had had a muscular problem in training but isn't ready.

“Bernardo is in the last step before being fit – Gundogan had a problem in his feet.

"I prefer to have all the squad to choose (from) but it is what it is.

“We have to adapt with the guys that are here and we will try to do a good job and the others who aren't here will do their best to recover."

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits injury problems as host of stars out of Champions League clash at LyonPA:Press Association4 Teenager Phil Foden is expected to start against Lyon

But it could be a chance for Phil Foden to get some valuable game time under his belt.

And after seven substitute appearances in the league and just three minutes of European action, the 18-year-old could be handed a start.

Guardiola added: “When Phil appeared in the last pre-season (game), I was so impressed and he's now stronger and able to play with us – without a doubt.

"He plays so aggressively with the ball and without, he is so intense.

“Every time he plays, he is so good.

"That's why he is ready. He is part of the squad."

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