Pep Guardiola says the City players have returned from international duty without picking up any injuries.

In total, 17 members of the senior squad reported for their countries along with Rico Lewis who was called into the England under-21 squad.

John Stones came back before the break as a substitute at Arsenal and also started for England in their Euro 2024 victory over Italy.

The only player who is not in contention for Brighton on Saturday at the Etihad at 15:00 (UK) is Kevin De Bruyne.

He has been absent since our opening game of the season after surgery on his hamstring and is working his way back to fitness.

“All good,” Guardiola said when asked for a squad update at his news conference. “No problems, except Kevin.”

Rodrigo is also available after missing our last two Premier League matches following a red card in our last game at the Etihad against Nottingham Forest.


Guardiola says he is not concerned that the midfielder will be targeted by opponents after his reaction in an off-the-ball scuffle.

And he believes the Spain international will have learned from the incident after being forced to sit out three games.

“He’s so important,” the boss said. “He will learn.

“Before he was sent off, there were two fouls on Rodri but the ref didn’t apply the rule. Without that he’s not sent off. He wasn’t punished, but after Rodri has to learn.

“Even with the mistakes we make and they make, we have to control emotions, stand up and go. But I’m sure he’ll learn.”

Guardiola has plenty of options in midfield following the summer signings of Mateo Kovacic and Matheus Nunes.

Kalvin Phillips, who also started for England during the international break, is also part of his thoughts with the midfielder ideal for certain fixtures.

“The international transfer window is over, now we’re here together,” Guardiola added.

“When we need a game with transitions and need something with a little bit of chaos, Kalvin is perfect.

“It’s something you need to do and today I see one or two players who do it better, the reason is as simple as that, nothing more.

“But he’s here and when the transfer window is open, nobody knows.”