De Bruyne, Akanji, Stones – Man City injury news and return dates ahead of Chelsea

The Blues have enjoyed a brilliant few weeks on the pitch. This period was capped off with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Young Boys in midweek to confirm qualification for the Champions League knockout stages.

City will be looking to round off their Premier League fixtures prior to the international break with a win in the capital. However, the hosts will be in a buoyant mood themselves thanks to their 4-1 win over fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Ahead of the clash on Sunday, MEN Sport has rounded up the latest injury news from the Etihad Stadium.

Injury: Hamstring

What Guardiola has said: “I spoke with him two days ago, he says he feels really good but still isn&apost training with us, or running much. I&aposd say he&aposs the last one to come back and train with us. I won&apost say two weeks, one week. We don&apost put pressure, the doctors say next step. No pressure, recover, it&aposs not necessary to do the bad decisions to come back early. Kevin was a tough injury, so step by step.”

Potential return date: Unknown

Injury: Back

What we know: The centre-back withdrew from the midweek squad due to a problem with his back but the former Borussia Dortmund man is now back in training.

Potential return date: November 12 vs Chelsea

Injury: Muscular

What Guardiola has said: “He&aposs injured. He&aposs not ready for Chelsea. We&aposll see after the international break. The doctor said to me it&aposs not as bad. I don&apost know. I don&apost want to create tempo [timeframe]. When he&aposs fit again he&aposll come back.”

Potential return date: December

Injury: Ankle

What we know: The Spanish full-back Sergio Gomez was seen entering the Etihad Stadium for Saturday&aposs match against Bournemouth on crutches. However, the injury has now been confirmed as a straightforward sprain to the ankle.

Potential return date: November 25 vs Liverpool