Claudio Bravo yet to train with Manchester City first team, a doubt for the derby

Claudio Bravo has yet to take part in first team training following his £13.5 million arrival from Barcelona, according to an exclusive report by The Sun.

33-year-old Bravo, who has also been given the international break off by Chile, has been allowed extra time to tie up loose ends in Spain and move his family over to England. Because of this, he is yet to become fully integrated into training, instead working in the gym.

This makes Bravo a doubt for the Manchester derby, a fixture in which it was expected he would make his City debut. Though goalkeepers need less physical preparation than outfield players, Bravo will have had very little time to build an understanding with his new teammates.

Willy Caballero, who has started every Premier League game for the Blues so far this season, could retain his place between the sticks if Pep Guardiola decides Bravo isn’t ready yet.

Two players who are available for selection, are German international pair, Ilkay Gündoğan and Leroy Sané. It was revealed yesterday that Gündoğan is in contention for the derby, though Guardiola again has to decide whether such a high intensity fixture is the right time for either of the Germans to make their City debuts.

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