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Manchester United had four defenders missing from
training this morning, in addition to Victor Lindelof, who was already out of
tomorrow’s trip to Valencia.
Chris Smalling (foot), Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw and Matteo
Darmian were all absent, plus Anthony Martial, who has a side strain.
United have already qualified for the last 16 and could
finish top of their group but that requires Juventus not to beat Young Boys in
So that’s what Manchester City need to ensure they go through as winners of their group.
But what do the other English sides need to qualify for the knockout stage? You can find out right here.
Both Tottenham and Liverpool have massive games tonight, against Barcelona and Napoli, respectively.
This would normally be a fairly routine Manchester City
City are through to the knockout phase and need a point
against Hoffenheim tomorrow to secure top spot in their group and a more
favourable draw for the round of 16.
However, the furore over the allegations Raheem Sterling was
racially abused at Chelsea on Saturday have brought far more attention than
Sterling will train with his City team-mates later but for
now, Leroy Sane and Pep Guardiola will answer questions from the media.
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The Professional Footballers’ Association also came out in support of Raheem Sterling, saying negative press coverage of the Manchester City forward “emboldens racist rhetoric”.
Raheem Sterling has just signed a new contract that will keep him
at Manchester City until 2023.
He has been outstanding in City’s last two campaigns,
scoring 23 goals in 46 appearances last term and a further nine in 19 this
Yet still, he has attracted negative headlines, which the
24-year-old evidently thinks is to do with his skin colour.
He expressed his thoughts in a statement on Instagram, which is covered in this story.
…and welcome as we bring you live updates on Manchester City’s news conference today.
While it will preview Wednesday night’s Champions League game against Hoffenheim, you can bet there will be a few questions about Raheem Sterling.
City suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season at Chelsea on Saturday but the match was overshadowed by alleged racial abuse directed towards Sterling.
The story has developed over the last few days and this will be manager Pep Guardiola’s first chance to respond.