Man City handed double injury boost ahead of Monchengladbach match
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Man City handed double injury boost ahead of Monchengladbach match

Manchester City will take a full first-team squad to face Borussia Monchengladbach in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

Nathan Ake and Raheem Sterling have both fully recovered from niggling injuries, and will travel with the team to Budapest. 

Sterling was not included in City's 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday night, whilst Ake is yet to be involved since a muscular injury he picked in December. 

“I want Nathan to be involved as soon as possible,” he said at his pre-match press conference.

“He flies with us and as soon as he can be involved, I want to do it.

“He [Sterling] travels with the team for tomorrow, of course. All the squad travel to Budapest.”

Guardiola sought to explain Sterling's surprise omission from the match at Craven Cottage but insisted he has a big squad that needs to be rotated. 

“I don't expect the guys who are not selected are happy,” he added. “It is normal.

“It has happened since football was created. Raheem in this case has been so important and is so important.

“All the players respect my decisions. I never found in my career one player who was happy when they don't play, but they react and behave really well,"

“When you have 20 top-class players who have had incredible success, it will always be unfair on them. That is the point.

City will be the home team in Budapest, which has hosted both legs in their last 16 tie after COVID-19 restrictions prevented the games from taking place in England and Germany.

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