Manchester United will not face Sergio Aguero in next weekend’s Manchester derby after the City striker was suspended for three matches for violent conduct, following an incident involving West Ham United’s Winston Reid.
Aguero had already been ruled out of Argentina’s matches in the current international break with a calf strain, while the Blues will check on the fitness of summer signings Leroy Sane (hamstring) and Ilkay Gundogan (knee), who are yet to play for the club, as well as Bacary Sagna (hamstring) and Vincent Kompany (thigh).
Joe Hart, Wilfried Bony, Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala were among a raft of players allowed to leave on loan by new manager Pep Guardiola this summer, so it’ll be something of a new-look City side that comes to Old Trafford next Saturday.
For United, Henrikh Mkhitaryan reportedly sustained a thigh strain while playing for Armenia on Wednesday night and he has returned to the club, tweeting on Saturday: “My dear fans, I appreciate much that you worry about me, thank you! I’m now back in Manchester for treatment and hope to be fit very soon!”
Luke Shaw has returned to Manchester as a precautionary measure after sitting out England’s training session on Saturday. England boss Sam Allardyce revealed that the left-back had felt some pain in his calf of the leg he broke last season, but said he expected him to be fit for the derby.
Marouane Fellaini was not involved in Belgium’s midweek friendly defeat to Spain, with Reds boss Jose Mourinho having revealed that the midfielder picked up a back injury in the victory over Hull City. But there was hopefully a positive sign on Monday when Fellaini tweeted a photo of himself and his Belgium team-mates having fun in training, with the hashtag #goodmood.
Jesse Lingard, who is one of eight outfield first-team players to have remained at the Aon Training Complex during the international break, has not played since the Community Shield win over Leicester City.
Both managers will need to assess their returning international stars before selecting their teams for the derby and Mourinho confirmed that his Latin American players Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero will not be back at the training ground until Friday.
It’s already shaping up to be a classic derby, with both sides having won their opening three league games in the same season for only the second time in their history (the first was in 2011/12).
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