The latest on Erling Haaland & Kevin De Bruyne after Club World Cup withdrawl

Manchester City will not take part in the upcoming Premier League gameweek as they are vying it out in the Club World Cup.

City’s first Club World Cup tie came on Tuesday evening against Urawa Red Diamonds and saw them run out 3-0 winners. The Sky Blues return to action on Friday vs Fluminense and are 4/11 favourites with bet365 for that game.

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December 22, 2023

6:00 pm GMT

Manchester City injury latest

After seeing off Urawa Red Diamonds, Pep Guardiola provided updates on several key Manchester City stars.

Erling Haaland is still not fit enough to return to training with Manchester City and, along with Jeremy Doku, was not included in the 23-man squad to face Urawa Red Diamonds on Tuesday.

Kevin De Bruyne did return to training this week but after four months out with a hamstring injury, he is still some way short of being able to play.

While all three players attended the semi-final win against the 2022 Asian champions, they were removed from the squad list submitted to FIFA ahead of the meeting with Fluminense on Friday.

“Kevin started training yesterday and tomorrow he trains with us, it’s four months. He is getting better. Erling still cannot train,” said Pep Guardiola on Tuesday.

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