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Pep’s Presser: Injury news for Southampton, confidence in goalkeepers, and Alexis Sanchez…

City manager Guardiola addressed the press on Thursday afternoon, providing information about the team for the upcoming trip to the Saints in Southampton.

The injury absentees for City include long-term casualties Ilkay Gündogan and Gabriel Jesus as well as right-back Bacary Sagna, who also remains on the sidelines due to a persisting problem. The manager expressed his delight with the return of Vincent Kompany, saying that the captain was not risked at Hull’s visit to the Etihad because of the prior injuries in his leg.

When quizzed on if Kompany would still be in his plans next season, Pep responded: “Yes, he has a contract.”

Pep expressed confidence in both Willy Caballero and Claudio Bravo – the Chilean goalkeeper had returned to the starting line-up at the 3-1 City win over Hull on the weekend. The manager was discrete about shot stopper Joe Hart, currently on loan in Italy, and said that the situation would be assessed at the end of the season.

Another issue was the recent attack on the team bus of Borussia Dortmund in Monaco, which injured Marc Bartra, whom Guardiola had briefly worked with during his time in Barcelona. Guardiola said that “the world is getting crazy” and that one “must continue living without being scared”.

Asked about Alexis Sanchez, Pep adapted the ‘no comment’ stance, which could be seen as an encouraging sign as he refused to deny the growing rumours that the Chilean is top of City’s summer wish-list.

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