Man City XI vs Tottenham: De Bruyne on the bench – starting line-up, confirmed squad news and latest injuries

Stones was injured against Arsenal in the FA Cup last week and did not take part in the vital trip to north London.

Speaking at a press conference to preview Sunday’s match, Pep Guardiola said of Stones’ injury: “It’s three weeks, a month [out]. Unfortunately, a lot of matches.


With the Gunners losing to Everton on Saturday, a win could see City close the gap to just two points. Guardiola opted to name De Bruyne as a substitute, opting for what appears to be a 4-4-2 form.

Manuel Akanji and Nathan Ake start at the back, while Joao Cancelo’s shock transfer to Bayern Munich sees Kyle Walker and Rico Lewis both at the side.

Riyad Mahrez scored twice and assisted a third in City’s 4-2 win over Spurs last month and retains his place, with Julian Alvarez partnering Erling Haaland up front.

Starting XI: Ederson, Lewis, Walker, Akanji, Ake, Rodri, Silva, Mahrez, Grealish, Alvarez, Haaland

Subtitles: Ortega Moreno, Dias, Phillips, Gundogan, Laporte, De Bruyne, Gomez, Perrone, Palmer

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