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Sane set for West Ham return

PEP TALK: Guardiola faced the press on Friday ahead of this weekend's game at home to West Ham

PEP TALK: Guardiola faced the press on Friday ahead of this weekend's game at home to West Ham

Leroy Sane has recovered from illness and is ready to face West Ham United on Sunday.

The City winger missed the dramatic midweek win over Southampton after suffering from a fever.

But he trained on Thursday with the rest of the first-team squad and is in contention to return to Pep Guardiola’s starting line-up as City go in search of 20th-consecutive win against the Hammers.

“He was sick,” Guardiola told journalists. “He had fever the day of the game against Southampton.

“And now yesterday he was in the training session.”

Sane is one of three City players on the cusp of a ban after collecting four yellow cards.

Sane, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho are all one booking away from a one-game suspension that would mean them missing next weekend’s derby against Manchester United.

Guardiola says he is yet to decide his team to face West Ham and will use Saturday’s training session to make his final preparation - but admitted with such a packed December schedule, he needs to keep the side fresh. 

“We will see tomorrow,” he said. “Tomorrow we train and we will see what we can do.

“Vincent was two months injured, Fernandinho has played a lot of minutes - but the most important thing is West Ham.

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“Last game, we didn't play David [Silva] from the beginning, I rotated.

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