Four Man City players miss training as new club captain named ahead of Crvena Zvezda
Here are your Manchester City evening headlines for Monday, September 18.
City training squad before Crvena Zvezda confirmed
Manchester City only had 19 senior players training ahead of their Champions League opener against Crvena Zvezda on Monday.
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Pep Guardiola had confirmed that Mateo Kovacic and Jack Grealish won't feature after missing City's Premier League win over West Ham, while John Stones still hasn't recovered from his own injury and Kevin De Bruyne remains out for the long-term. The same travelling squad for the trip to the London Stadium trained on Monday ahead of the Red Star game, supported by youngsters from the EDS.
Guardiola suggested that he will have to play the youth team at Newcastle in the Carabao Cup next week given the injury problems affecting the squad, but he will be keen to go strong to get the Champions League defence off to a good start.
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City confirm new club captain
Kyle Walker will continue to wear the City armband after the players voted on their leaders for the new season.
Walker nearly left in summer to join Bayern Munich but was convinced to stay and signed a three-year deal that will see him remain at the Etihad until 2026. The England international has been captain for every game this season apart from the first Premier League game at Burnley, where De Bruyne started as skipper but was then forced off with injury.
As usual, Guardiola made sure the squad waited until the end of the transfer window before all of the players voted on the five that would be the group of captains. As well as Walker and De Bruyne, Rodri and Ruben Dias have