Man City XI vs Man Utd: Sterling, Aguero, Sane and Fernandinho to Start in Strong likely Line-up

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Pep Guardiola has ruled Kevin de Bruyne (muscle) out of the Manchester derby on Wednesday night.

The Belgian midfielder was taken off in the first half of Saturday’s win over Spurs and he is now a doubt for the rest of the season, until the club doctors know more.

Apart from the ongoing absence of Claudio Bravo (Achilles), Guardiola reports that nearly everyone is fit for the trip to Old Trafford.

He claimed a few players need to do some work to be available but would not disclose who they are.

Bernardo Silva may drop out back from the right flank to cover de Bruyne’s absence in the central trio, with Fernandinho and David Silva the most likely to join him there given that they started on the bench against Spurs on Saturday.

Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan are further options in the middle of the park.

Given the stakes, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling should line up in the attacking three (they have started in every match against “big six” opponents that they have been available for this season), especially now that Guardiola does not have to balance his side’s presence in the Champions League.

Leroy Sané and Riyad Mahrez, therefore, may be left tussling for one place alongside them.

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