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Clichy misses training ahead of Monaco test

TEST: City face a tough game against the Ligue 1 leaders

TEST: City face a tough game against the Ligue 1 leaders

Gael Clichy was absent from training on Monday as the Manchester City squad continued preparations for their Champions League last 16 game with Monaco.

The left-back is suffering from a back complaint and is a doubt for the crucial first leg game against Leonardo Jardim’s side, with manager Pep Guardiola admitting earlier in the day that he could miss out. 

Vincent Kompany also failed to train, as did long-term absentees Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus.

Addressing the media on Monday, Guardiola said: “Clichy had a problem in the back, it is much better. [But] I don’t know if he will be ready for tomorrow.

“He [Kompany] is not ready for tomorrow. It will not be longer, hopefully. For the Huddersfield game he will be ready but not tomorrow.

The rest of the squad are fit and available to play against the Ligue 1 leaders, with youngsters Aleix Garcia, Tosin Adarabioyo, Cameron Humphreys and Isaac Buckley-Ricketts involved in the session. 

Monaco boss Jardim confirmed the 21 players who have travelled to Manchester are all fit and in contention to play on Tuesday. 

 

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De Bruyne hoping to build on previous experience

BELGIAN BLUE: Kevin De Bruyne addresses the media ahead of City's Champions League clash with Monaco

Kevin De Bruyne has urged Man City to build-on last year’s experience in the Champions League.

The Blues reached the semi-finals for the first time in the 2015/16 campaign, falling to Real Madrid with a 1-0 aggregate defeat.

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Guardiola: Monaco are killers

WARNING: Guardiola says his players have to be prepared for Monaco's attacking quality

Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City players that Champions League last-16 opponents Monaco are “killers”.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned his players ahead of Monaco test

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Marcos Lopes: Home advantage will be key

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Marcos Lopes is in a better position than most to give an overview of Tuesday's opponents Monaco.

Better known to his family and friends as ‘Rony’ after his idol Cristiano Ronaldo, the former Benfica youth player joined City’s Academy in 2011 aged 15.