Manchester City meet West Ham today, with summer signing Jeremy Doku in from the start.
Jack Grealish pulled out of England duty with a thigh issue while John Stones was also absent for the international period, and Pep Guardiola has confirmed both are unavailable this weekend with their participation for the following Champions League clash against Red Star Belgrade also in major doubt.
Mateo Kovacic missed Croatia’s matches due to a fresh issue that reportedly required a scan. Although it was suggested that his absence from Monday’s win over Armenia was merely a precaution, he has been ruled out of facing West Ham.
“It's not a big issue but he’ll be out for tomorrow,” said Guardiola as he confirmed a muscle injury for Kovacic.
New signing Matheus Nunes is an option to make his debut, staring on the bench.
Starting Man City XI: Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Dias, Gvardiol; Rodri, Silva, Doku, Alvarez, Foden; Haaland
Subs: Oretaga, Carson, Phillips, Gomez, Nunes, Bobb, Lewis
Time and date: 3pm BST, Saturday September 16, 2023
Venue: London Stadium