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Guardiola offers Man City injury update

FULL STRENGTH: Pep has no injury worries ahead of Swansea test
Manchester City have a fully fit squad ahead of Sunday’s game with Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium.

Manager Pep Guardiola says there were no injury concerns at training on Thursday, leaving him with a full complement of players ahead of a game he feels could be one of the toughest his side face between now and the end of the season. 

“Yesterday, yes, everybody was fit,” he said. “We train tomorrow, so we will see.

"I am really impressed [with Swansea since Paul Clement took charge]. 

“I saw the game against Liverpool and this morning I started watching the game against Southampton. I am trying to find ways we can attack them and I can’t find it! 

“It’s so complicated. When I see their games, I immediately see his [Clement’s] hands on the team. 

“They are so well organised. There is no space between the lines, no space in the middle. 

“When you attack outside, they defend really well the box. They can play the long balls and Llorente wins all the balls and they have quality players for the counter attack. 

“It will be a real tough, tough game. I think one of the toughest games we expect before the end of the season will be on Sunday. 

“They are in a good moment - the last four games, they won three - and especially the way they play. 

“They won at Anfield and against Southampton - so not against normal teams, big teams. It will be really, really tough.”

Meanwhile, Guardiola says he has been hugely impressed by Gabriel Jesus since his arrival.

The Brazilian opened his account for City in Wednesday’s win over West Ham and has impressed with his work rate and quality in his three appearances so far. 

Guardiola feels he is a player with real quality and says his desire to learn English speaks volumes.

“He’s 19 years old - but he settled quick,” Guardiola said. “He speaks enough English words to understand us. 

“He takes lessons every single day and that means a lot to me. He wants to settle in the right way. 

“The three games he played he showed a lot of things - desire, helping us in our high pressing, his intensity, his movement. 

“Even when he comes into the middle, he has the ability to share the ball with his teammates. But he has a lot to improve.”

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