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Breaking News ! Here are your Manchester City morning headlines for Sunday, 18 October. Guardiola gives City injury update Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has given an injury update on three absentees for the club. Defenders Benjamin Mendy and Aymeric Laporte, alongside striker Gabriel Jesus, were absent from Saturday’s 1-0 win over Arsenal but Guardiola has now provided an update on their expected returns. "Mendy will be three to four weeks, Laporte we expect sooner. I don't know how much but maybe in one week or 10 days he could be ready," he said, as per the MEN . "Gabriel has a quad injury in front of his leg and I think we will have to be calm and cautious. He is still not on the field training. We struggled a lot in the beginning, for the lack of preparation and amount of absences but even with that we are still alive. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now "We are not able to play 90 minutes in a high consistency but I have very good news in terms of Bernardo [Silva] coming back, Phil [Foden] playing good, Riyad [Mahrez] was outstanding today, Rodri maintained an incredible level from the beginning so we are satisfied so far with the situation we have. "We cannot be as perfect or solid as we wanted but victories against teams like Arsenal help us to achieve our best performance.” Guardiola claims City disadvantage to rivals Meanwhile, Guardiola has claimed that City are still not at the level to play a full 90 minutes as he claims their rivals have an advantage in this regard. The club’s prolonged European campaign, shortened pre-season and positive Covid-19 tests has meant a chaotic opening few weeks of the campaign for the side. Despite defeating Arsenal 1-0 on Saturday, Guardiola has claimed his side remain short of the level he would like them to be at.
. "We started really well against Wolves, we had a big blow against Leicester when we gave away three penalties after starting so well and at Leeds we played a good 30 minutes, the last 10-15 as well but we are still not there, we have not played 90 really well. "We didn't have preparation, Liverpool and Arsenal started three weeks before us and we had three guys who had Covid and Bernardo injured. "With the position we have it is important to win games. Now [Aymeric] Laporte is out again, [Benjamin] Mendy again, Kevin [De Bruyne] again. We cannot be 90 minutes in the top level but we did it." Sterling joy at Aguero return Raheem Sterling has expressed his joy at Sergio Aguero’s return to fitness following Saturday’s triumph over Arsenal. The two players combined for the only goal of the game as City got back to winning ways, and the England international has spoken of the significance of the striker’s return to the team.
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"We haven't been quite as fluent this season but in the last couple of games have shown that fluency is coming back and it's great to keep the momentum going," Sterling told the BBC, as quoted by the MEN . "When Sergio is on the field you know there can be a goal at any moment. He is vital to help us compete on all fronts and great to have him back.”