Pep Guardiola revealed Fabian Delph (muscle problem) is rated as 50/50 for for the trip to Stoke City, but that Fernandinho is much better, and could be an option to return against the Potters. Danilo and Oleksandr Zinchenko are the alternative options at left-back, while if Fernandinho isn’t risked, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva are likely to form the three-man midfield. De Bruyne and Silva were both rested in midweek, while Gundogan only played 66 minutes. There was no fresh update on the status of Raheem Sterling, who has been back in training for over a week following a hamstring problem. Having not featured for a couple of weeks, he may have to settle for a place on the bench. Bernardo Silva did play the full 90 minutes against Basel, though, along with Leroy Sane. Gabriel Jesus came back into the starting XI on Wednesday night so, after being rested, Sergio Aguero should lead the City attack against Stoke. Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany were both rested on Wednesday night, so they are expected to form the centre-back partnership at the bet365 Stadium. Aymeric Laporte and John Stones are the other options in central defence. Benjamin Mendy is back training but will be eased into the squad after a long-term knee injury.
Walker – Kompany – Otamendi – Zinchenko
Silva – Gundogan – De Bruyne
Sterling – Aguero – Sane