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Man City wait on trio as Gordon returns for Celtic

Kevin de Bruyne and Pep Guardiola

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

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Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph missed training for Manchester City before the Champions League Group C match against Celtic.

De Bruyne limped out of Saturday’s 3-1 league win over Swansea with a hamstring injury, Kompany has a groin injury and Delph a muscle problem.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon will start only his second game in a month.

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

Although summer signing De Vries has returned to training, he is not 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.”

City – top of the 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.

Rodgers said: “Man City are a top team – they have that world-class ability and great individuals who are working hard.

“The reality is if they bring their ‘A’ game and we bring ours, they win. But we know we have to make it as uncomfortable as we can for them.”

City expect to discover the extent of De Bruyne’s injury by Wednesday, with reports suggesting he could face a month out.

Club captain Kompany suffered a groin injury in last Wednesday’s EFL Cup third-round win at Swansea, and the club are also yet to put a date on his potential return.

Yaya Toure was part of City’s training session on Tuesday, although boss Pep 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.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37465107