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Three stars miss Man City training – could it mean a Phil Foden start against Lyon?

Manchester City were missing three first-team stars at Monday morning’s open training session before tomorrow’s Champions League tie with Lyon.

Bernardo Silva, who missed the weekend game, was absent, a were Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan, both of whom featured in the 4-0 thrashing of West Ham.

City have not made it clear if Jesus and Gundogan have any serious problems of note or if it was just precautionary, which it could well be.

Pep Guardiola is likely to be quizzed about the latest fitness updates at his press conference. Kevin De Bruyne, Benjamin Mendy and Claudio Bravo remain sidelined with longer term injuries.

Should Gundogan and Bernardo both be unavailable, it could mean a start for Phil Foden with City lacking creative midfield options in the event those two were to miss the Lyon game.

It would leave David Silva, Fernandinho and Foden as the main central midfield options. Several of Guardiola’s versatile squad are capable of playing there, but most of them in the Fernandinho role such as Delph and Stones.

Philippe Sandler, Brahim Diaz and Daniel Grimshaw were also involved in training, though Dutch defender Sandler is ineligible to play in the Champions League.

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