City duo cleared for EFL Cup final

24 April 2021 01:23:54 GMTPlus10

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says both Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero should be available for selection for Sunday's EFL Cup final against Tottenham after returning to training.

The Citizens head to English football’s national stadium this weekend looking to win the League Cup for a fourth consecutive season, and in the process stop Spurs from breaking their 13-year trophy drought.

The final comes in a busy period for City with the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash against Paris Saint-Germain due to take place next Wednesday.

They are both (ready), they trained today.

Pep Guardiola

Guardiola hinted in his pre-match press conference that he may look to rotate for the EFL Cup decider with one eye on the PSG game.

Fortunately for him, the City boss has seen his options boosted by the returns of Aguero and De Bruyne to training.

Aguero has missed City's last three games with an unspecified injury, while De Bruyne had been a doubt after injuring his ankle in last weekend's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea.

The Belgium international missed the midweek win over Aston Villa as a result but is back in training as Guardiola weighs up whether to involve the pair this weekend.

When asked about the duo at Friday's press conference, Guardiola said: "They are both (ready), they trained today. Tomorrow we are going to decide."

The Spaniard went on to admit that the EFL Cup final taking place in April, rather than in its usual position in February, has meant he has had to reassess its importance to City’s season.

He added: "It's a final and we want to win but we have the Champions League, PSG is there, and then Crystal Palace are there and then PSG is there."

City are 4/9 to win the EFL Cup final inside 90 minutes on Sunday, with Spurs 11/2 and the draw 15/4.

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