Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers Team News

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Manchester City will be without Kevin De Bruyne for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Etihad Stadium.

City’s Belgium international De Bruyne missed the midweek Champions League win at home to Dinamo Zagreb due to a groin injury and although the problem is not thought to be serious, he has been left out of the squad for Sunday’s match against Wolves.

The 28-year-old has been in sensational form for the Citizens this season and he leads the Premier League assists charts with eight to his name, double that of team-mate David Silva and Norwich City’s Emiliano Buendia.

England international John Stones, who has a thigh problem, is expected to return after the international break, ruling him out of the Wolves test, meaning Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho are likely to continue their partnership at the heart of the defence.

Since suffering that shock 3-2 defeat at Norwich City on September 14, defending champions City have won their last five matches in all competitions, scoring 19 goals and conceding just once.

After a slow start to the season, Wolves have started to pick up over the last couple of weeks and they head to the Etihad Stadium on a four-game unbeaten run in all competitions, drawing 1-1 with Crystal Palace before beating Reading (on penalties), Watford and Besiktas.

However, the Black Country outfit have lost 15 of their last 16 top-flight matches away to reigning champions – their only victory came at Liverpool in 1984 – and they will need an improvement if they are going to claim the spoils on Sunday afternoon.

Nuno Espirito Santo will be without forward Diogo Jota after he missed Thursday’s Europa League victory with an ankle injury but, barring the 22-year-old’s absence, the manager has an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from.

Wolves, who are just two points above the relegation zone ahead of the weekend action, have won only two of their 10 Premier League matches against City, with both of those triumphs coming at home.