Man City XI vs Brentford: Starting lineup, team news as Foden, Grealish return - Premier League today

 

Pep Guardiola has recalled both Phil Foden and Jack Grealish to his Manchester City side for tonight’s Premier League clash with Brentford.

Foden and Grealish had been dropped for wins against Newcastle and Leicester after being pictured on a night out after the 7-0 win against Leeds.

Guardiola has warned his payers that they must behave on and off the pitch in order to be picked, but it appears the duo have served their punishment as they come back into the starting XI.

City are seeking a 10th straight Premier League win that would extend their lead at the top.

Guardiola has said injuries, as well as Covid concerns, will have a factor in his team selection.

Asked if he would make changes from the team that beat Leicester 6-3 on Boxing Day, Guardiola said: “I don’t know. We’ll see.

“With this situation with COVID you arrive and then in this period it’s: ‘Oh this player cannot play’, or ‘This player is injured.’ On Monday we did recovery, then Tuesday travel to London and on the day of the game we will see.

“In that moment we will pay attention to the quality that Brentford have and after we are going to take the decisions. Right now I don’t know.”

Riyad Mahrez is still available before he goes off to the Africa Cup of Nations but is only on the bench.

Man City starting XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Ake, Fernandinho (C), De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden, Jesus, Grealish





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