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Saturday 24 March 2018

Fernandinho ban giving Pep headache

Manchester City's Fernandinho. Photo: Reuters / Anthony Devlin
Manchester City's Fernandinho. Photo: Reuters / Anthony Devlin Sportsdesk

Manchester City are without midfielder Fernandinho for tonight's FA Cup third-round trip to West Ham, who have Sofiane Feghouli available after the red card he picked up against Manchester United was rescinded.

Fernandinho begins a four-match ban and his absence leaves City short on midfielders, with Ilkay Gundogan (knee) out long term and Fernando having also picked up a knock, although Fabian Delph could return.

Leroy Sane remains on the sidelines with a muscle injury while captain Vincent Kompany (knee) is back in training but not yet ready to play.

The Hammers are also without Cheikhou Kouyate and Andre Ayew, who have departed for African Nations Cup duty, while Diafra Sakho, James Collins, Arthur Masuaku, Alvaro Arbeloa and Gokhan Tore are all injured.

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