Pep Guardiola couldn’t confirm whether left-back Benjamin Mendy will be available to face Arsenal this Sunday, but again ruled out club captain Vincent Kompany.
City host the Gunners in a must-win game after being handed a lifeline when Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester on Wednesday after City slumped to a shock defeat to Newcastle the day before.
Though Liverpool extended the gap to five points, it could have been seven and if City can negotiate a tough run of games against Arsenal, Everton and Chelsea, they may fancy their chances of hunting down Jurgen Klopp’s men.
However, Vincent Kompany will again miss out as he has since the win over Liverpool in January, with Guardiola sounding almost fed up when he said he had “no idea” when the skipper will return.
As for Mendy, who suffered swelling to his previously injured knee, the Frenchman has trained but Guardiola said it is a day by day situation and offered no guarantees.
“Today, except Vinnie, the others have taken a training session,” Pep said.
“I don’t know [whether Mendy will be fit to face Arsenal]. After the minutes he played against Burton away, he had two or three days without training.
“In the last two training sessions, he was able to train and we will see day by day.”
Guardiola was also asked if David Silva and Fernandinho’s ages had affected City’s intense style of play this season.
Pep responded: “The team, the way they play – potential, individuals – I don’t change one player of 33 years old [Fernandinho] because three months later they are older.
“The team’s potential, the way we play in the individual actions…I don’t expect as a manager to take all decisions and solve our problems. Our problems must be solved collectively.”