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International Blues: Who's heading where?

City’s lengthy injury list means there will be a larger number of players staying home during the international break than is the norm.

England trio Joe Hart, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph will all miss England’s friendlies with Germany and Holland.

Hart and Sterling were both injured in the Manchester derby loss on Sunday while Delph continues to recover from a muscle injury.

Belgium duo Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne are absent from the Red Devils’ squad as the City skipper recovers from a calf injury and De Bruyne continues to build his fitness after two months out.

Argentina quartet Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta, Nicolas Otamendi and Martin Demichelis have been called up for World Cup qualifying duties against Chile and Bolivia.

It is unclear whether Otamendi will recover in time from a dead leg sustained against Dynamo Kyiv to take part in the matches that Argentina must take points from

Lying sixth in their group some seven points behind Ecuador, the 2014 World Cup finalists have won just one of their four qualifiers so far.

Fernandinho will also head to South America for qualifier action with third-placed Brazil taking on Uruguay and Paraguay.

Bacary Sagna is in France’s squad for the games against Holland and Russia, while David Silva should feature in one or both Spain’s friendlies against Italy and Romania. Aleks Kolarov is away with Serbia who face Poland and Estonia.

After a brief rest from international duty, Yaya Toure returns for Ivory Coast’s AFCON 2017 double-header against Sudan and is joined by team-mate Wilfried Bony.

Toure hasn’t played for the Elephants this season and Bony will look to use the international break to rediscover his scoring touch with his last club goal coming against Sunderland on Boxing Day.

Possibly making his international debut, Kelechi Iheanacho is also on AFCON 2017 duty as Nigeria take on Egypt in back-to-back games.

The Egyptians lead Group G by two points and the results of these two games will have a huge bearing on who qualifies for the finals automatically.

Watch out for updates on how all our players get on in the coming days.



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