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Fernandinho returns to Manchester City training ahead of Stoke City match

Manchester City have been boosted by the return of Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho to training, after he missed the last three fixtures with a hamstring problem.

The Blues have been without the crucial 32-year-old for Premier League clashes against Arsenal and Chelsea, but such is the quality of Pep Guardiola’s team and system that they managed without a natural holding midfielder, winning both.

Fernandinho also missed last night’s defeat to FC Basel in the Champions League, but with the two-legged tie already sealed in the first game, he almost certainly wouldn’t have played anyway.

The veteran is now back in full training, and should be fit to face Stoke City on Monday night, City’s final game before a de facto winter break which will see them travel to Abu Dhabi for a warm-weather training expedition.

Fernandinho was pictured today, fully involved in training, and should be fit to face The Potters as City look to go one step closer to winning the Premier League.

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