Manchester City are without Kyle Walker for Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with FC Copenhagen.
The England defender was withdrawn at half-time of Sunday’s 6-3 Manchester derby
thrashing of United at the Etihad with a muscular problem and was not involved in training, meaning he is sidelined for the visit of Danish opposition in Europe.
Midfielder Rodri could return against Copenhagen, but Walker’s Three Lions team-mates John Stones and Kalvin Phillips are both still out.
Guardiola on tuesday:
“We will train this afternoon and we will know exactly.”
“Rodri feels better, but Kyle, I think is out. But we have training later.”
Asked if Phillips could be available before the World Cup, Guardiola added:
“I hope so. I hope for him and the national team. But I am not a physio – the doctor told me he is doing good.”
Ruben Dias was only fit enough for the bench against United although there was some good news on the defensive front.
Aymeric Laporte played his first few minutes of the season after knee surgery over the course of the summer and both Nathan Ake and Manuel Akanji are able deputies at centre-back.
Given City’s strong position in Group G, rotation could be in order, particularly with a trip to Liverpool in the Premier League looming.
Guardiola has already confirmed Erling Haaland will need to be rested at times and Wednesday’s game seems like the perfect opportunity.
Man City Possible XI (4-3-3):
Cancelo, Akanji, Ake, Gomez;
Gundogan, Silva, De Bruyne;
Palmer, Alvarez, Grealish