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Team news: De Bruyne and Sterling start for City

BACK IN BUSINESS: Kevin De Bruyne makes a welcome return from injury as he replaces Bernardo Silva

BACK IN BUSINESS: Kevin De Bruyne makes a welcome return from injury as he replaces Bernardo Silva

Kevin De Bruyne starts for City against Shakhtar Donetsk with Nicolas Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling also recalled.

Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero, Bernardo and Leroy Sane all make way.

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Ederson, Stones, Laporte, Otamendi, Mendy, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, D Silva, Sterling, Mahrez, Jesus

Subs: Muric, Kompany, Aguero, Sane, Bernardo, Foden, Walker


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Kyle Walker is back on the bench, but that leaves the Blues with no recognised right-back in the starting XI.

John Stones may again deputise at right-back as City look to line-up with a 4-3-3 formation.

Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling will sit either side of Gabriel Jesus.

Shakhtar XI:

Pyatov, Matviienko, Kryvtsov, Rakits’kyy, Ismaily, Maycon, Stepanenko, Wellington Nem, Kovalenko, Fernando, Moraes.

Subs: Shevchenko, Butko, Khocholava, Dentinho, Patrick, Bolbat, Kayode 


Stats and facts

City and Shakhtar Donetsk have met on two previous occasions with one win each – the Blues won 2-0 at the Etihad in the first group stage meeting between the teams and a depleted City lost 2-1 in Ukraine.

Shakhtar are unbeaten in seven games at home against English opposition.

The Blues are looking for a fifth win in seven away games in the Champions League.

Sergio Aguero will make his 50th Champions League appearance for City if he plays at any stage this evening. He will also become the leading scorer for an English club in the Champions League if he scores two more goals (Didier Drogba scored 23 for Chelsea).

The Ukrainian champions have scored two or more goals in each of their last seven Champions League home matches.

City's record in Ukraine is won one ;lost two, the victory a 3-1 success at Dynamo Kyiv in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League round of 16.

Shakhtar have only lost two domestic games this season – both to Dynamo Kyiv – and are undefeated in 11 games in all comps

Shakhtar have scored 26 goals in their last nine league games, conceding five.


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