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Predicted Manchester City XI vs. Bournemouth: Aleix Garcia to feature?

Vincent Kompany and David Silva were the only players confirmed as missing for tomorrow’s game by Pep Guardiola are his pre-match press conference this afternoon. He said Kompany is “very close” to a return whilst Silva only has a “minor thigh problem.”

Pep didn’t offer any update on the fitness of Delph or Fernando, who have both been suffering from injuries, so one can only assume that they’re still unavailable – which could give him a bit of a selection headache. He confirmed that he is awaiting the opinion of his doctors on whether Gundogan can start two games in four days having only just returned from a five month lay-off.

Given the fact Aleix Garcia was trusted with a place on the bench in the Manchester derby, I think there’s every possibility he could feature against Bournemouth – whether he starts or not depends on whether Gundogan’s knee is deemed strong enough to play more than 45 minutes.

Nolito should come back in after being rested against Borussia Mönchengladbach, whilst Leroy Sané has a chance of his first start too – in place of Sterling on the right wing.

Pep will no doubt rotate the full-backs again, with Sagna and Clichy coming in for Zabaleta and Kolarov. Kelechi Iheanacho should return to the starting XI in place of the suspended Aguero.

Here is the team I think Guardiola will go with:

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