Since no one else is going to bite I’m starting this one. @RedWhippet takes no responsibility for the outcome of this game, whether result, refereeing decisions, or injuries sustained. This game is a work of fiction. Any similarities to persons living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.
At the moment it’s too early to give any definitive injury news but Thiago and Robertson are definitely out. Jones, Gravenberch, Konate, and Gomez are under treatment and will be assessed in the next week.
For City, Kevin De Bruyne is definitely out. Ake, Gomez, Kovacic, Stones and Nunes are all being assessed. Ederson has suffered a sudden outbreak of aviophobia and is unable to go to Brazil and pick up a nasty bout of jet-lag.
No confirmation of the officials as far as I can see. I’m assuming that Oliver and co are waiting for their pay-cheques to clear from their latest UAE jaunts.
As far as the game goes, we can take courage from seeing their last performance, their weakness is glaring and if we get our tactics spot on then Mo and Darwin can get a lot of joy from this game. KDB still injured I believe as are Ederson Stones and Ake? I’d go with packing the midfield and getting bodies around Rodri to stop him running rough shots and dictating play.
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Haaland has supposedly twisted his ankle playing for Norway… Probably twisted in such a way that he will be rested for their next game and come back to The Cheaters fully refreshed and ready to play… Not sure what it is, but anything to do with this club and the suspicions of dark arts immediately run wild through my thoughts…!
We’ll have more news when we get closer to the fixture, but as things stand regarding them; Ederson, Ake and Kovacic are not ruled out for the game against us. Think they will be fit. Bruyne is obviously still a long term absentee and now there are little question marks over Gomez and Nunes.
I think people get upset that the City players will suddenly have injuries during the international break, particularly if they are playing one of the big clubs after.
Two points with this: Liverpool do this all the time too. Secondly, I wouldn’t want to stop a player from playing with their NT, even if just a friendly (the Brazil game is a qualifier). If Ali wants to play for Brazil and Ederson doesn’t, so be it. It says enough about the actual players and what they stand for.