Man City trio miss out as Gordon returns for Celtic

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Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon will return to the starting line-up as Celtic host Manchester City in Champions League Group C.

Dorus de Vries, replaced at half-time in Saturday’s 6-1 win over Kilmarnock, has not recovered from a chest injury.

Midfielders Kevin de Bruyne and Fabian Delph, plus defender Vincent Kompany and goalkeeper Angus Gunn, all miss out for City through injury.

Kompany and De Bruyne are expected to be out for up to three weeks.

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Delph a muscle problem, while De Bruyne limped out of Saturday’s 3-1 Premier League win over Swansea City.

Club captain Kompany suffered a groin injury in last Wednesday’s EFL Cup third-round win over the same opponent.

De Bruyne and Kompany are expected to return to England on Wednesday after visiting Dr Ramon Cugat’s surgery in Barcelona, where the likes of manager Pep Guardiola himself, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and David Silva have been treated in the past.

Guardiola said: “He’s the best doctor in the world and we are so lucky when we have a problem to travel to Barcelona and know his opinion, maybe the treatment.

“It’s not big, big injury, so two-three weeks, they’ll both be ready to be with us.”


De Bruyne has made nine appearances for Man City this season, scoring twice

Yaya Toure was part of City’s training session on Tuesday, although Guardiola said last week he would not pick the midfielder until he received an apology from the player’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, for comments made in the media.

Gordon will be starting only his second game in the month with summer signing De Vries having returned to training but not being considered fully fit.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said: “He trained yesterday and today. He’s still a bit sore, but he’s fine.

“There’s no need for us to take any risk when I’ve got an outstanding goalkeeper beside him.”

Former Celtic assistant manager John Collins says Celtic can not concede early like they did against Barcelona.

“Their best hope is to start the game well at a high tempo and try to not let Manchester City get into a rhythm, and get control of the ball,” Collins told BBC Radio Five live.

“But it’s a tough ask – many teams in England have tried this season and failed.”

City – top of England’s Premier League after winning their first six games – beat Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 in their Champions League opener.

Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic are bottom of Group C following their 7-0 thrashing by Barcelona.

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