​Manchester City return to Champions League action against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night at the Etihad.

Pep Guardiola's side go into the game with a host of injuries to key players like Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Aymeric Laporte ahead of tough run of fixtures.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss could use the game to rest his stars, as City try to close down a nine point gap between them and Premier League leaders Liverpool.

However, he may well want to secure Champions League qualification with a win first before he focuses on a domestic assault.

Goalkeeper & Defenders

Kyle Walker

Ederson (GK) - Although neutrals may well want to see Kyle Walker don the gloves once more after his heroics against Atalanta, you can expect Ederson to return in nets for City. With ​Claudio Bravo suspended, the Brazilian is ​Manchester City's only fit senior goalkeeper. Except for Scott Carson, of course...

Kyle Walker (RB) - When not in goal, ​Walker has found it difficult to nail down a consistent starting place in Pep Guardiola's side this season after the summer acquisition of Portuguese right back Joao Cancelo. The 29 year-old was dropped for the ​2-1 victory over ​Chelsea on Saturday, but can be expected to return on Tuesday night.

Nicolas Otamendi (CB) - Fernandinho was brilliant as he dropped into the back four on Saturday, but could be gifted a rest with Otamendi there to fill in. The Argentine has had a spell out with injury, but will be hoping to force his way back into City's first team.

John Stones (CB) - Another who has been out with injury, ​Stones has been typically hit and miss this season. The England international has had shocking performances like the one against ​Norwich, but also looked world class in the victory over Chelsea. He'll need more of the latter if he's to finally fulfil his enormous potential.

Benjamin Mendy (LB) - Despite having hardly played in his three years at the club, ​Benjamin Mendy is one of the most popular players at Manchester City. The French full back's social media antics have won over fans, but he is also a quality player who would be considered one of the best in the league if not for his misfortune with injuries.


Phil Foden,Kurt Zouma

Ilkay Gundogan (DM) - With Rodri injured and Fernandinho likely to be rested, Gundogan will likely have to play the shielding role in front of the back four on Tuesday night. It is not the German's favourite position, as he is at his best when breaking forward to add goals to the team, but with City set to have most of the ball he'll have to be at his best to stop counter attacks.

Phil Foden (CM) - There has been a lot of talk that ​Foden should follow the path of his former City teammate Jadon Sancho and leave the Etihad in search of first team football. The youngster is arguably the most talented player in the England Under-21s, but with City's lengthy injury list, you can expect him to feature a lot more for Pep Guardiola's side.

Kevin De Bruyne (CM) - In 12 Premier League appearances this season, Kevin De Bruyne already has nine assists. He has another in the Champions League, and the Belgian has been at the top of his game this season. He's had his injury troubles in the past, but you'd expect the 28-year-old to run the show on Tuesday.



Bernardo Silva (RW) - Bernardo missed the win over Chelsea after ​​serving a one match suspension for a controversial tweet relating to teammate Mendy, but he'll be available on Tuesday. He hasn't quite found his form of last season, but he'll still fancy his chances against a Shakhtar side that have let in nine goals in four Champions League games.

Raheem Sterling (LW) - If not for a ridiculously tight offside call on Saturday, Raheem Sterling would have nine goals in 12 Premier League games this season. Under Pep Guardiola the English winger has found the consistency required to be considered one of the world's best. He'll be hoping to add to his tally of five goals so far in the Champions League.

Gabriel Jesus (CF) - After Sergio Aguero limped off against Chelsea, Pep Guardiola admitted that he feared the injury could be a 'bad' one. But as one door closes, another one opens, and Jesus may well view the run of games he's now likely to get as a chance to stake a claim to be City's first choice striker going forward. Just don't let him take any penalties.