Manchester City star in line to return from injury against Crystal Palace

Manchester City star in line to return from injury against Crystal Palace

Guardiola comes face to face with Hodgson as a manager for the first time when his free-scoring leaders face basement club Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow.

The Evening Standard claim that Gundogan is likely to miss the weekend game against Crystal Palace and the Champions League match with Shakhtar Donetsk.

Hodgson has performed relegation-saving marvels at West Bromwich Albion and Fulham, but Palace's plight represents a huge challenge for the 70-year-old former England manager. "They played really well but it's part of our job if you win you stay and if you lose you are out".

Palace arrive on the back of a dismal run of five successive league defeats and no goals scored so far this season, but City boss Pep Guardiola has warned his players against complacency when facing Roy Hodgson's side.

He added: "It's the Premier League and every single team can beat any of the others - that's the best expression I've learned since I've been here".

"I showed my players the chances they created in two games". They didn't score but when you see they have (Christian) Benteke, (Ruben) Loftus-Cheek, (Jason) Puncheon or (Andros) Townsend, they have enough quality. They will put a lot of long balls into the box and crosses. "We will always keep trying, we will always go down fighting".

"If that happens, we will be closer to winning that game". "He will be back soon, hopefully".

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