Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden in line for FA Cup starts against Rotherham

Rotherham coach Paul Warne may be hoping Manchester City field their second string on Sunday when the Premier League champions host his side – but one man expected to start is Kevin De Bruyne.

As part of his return to full fitness, De Bruyne is expected to be in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI when the Blues host the Championship strugglers, according to Sky Sports.

De Bruyne underwent a lengthy warm-up last night during City’s 2-1 win over Liverpool, but Guardiola opted to hold him back and not risk the 27-year-old’s fitness in such an intense game. The Rotherham match will be a less challenging environment for KDB to continue his journey to peak match sharpness.

Also expected to start on Sunday is teenager Phil Foden, who is in line for his 15th appearance of the season (16 including the pre-season Community Shield).

Foden has yet to start a Premier League game this term, but has been substituted on 8 times, with Guardiola intent on gradually integrating him into the side with appearances in the cups.

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