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Manchester City v Liverpool team news: Kevin De Bruyne could miss out while Milner likely to return

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne could miss the biggest game of the Premier League season so far.
Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne could miss the biggest game of the Premier League season so far.

Kevin De Bruyne is a doubt for Manchester City's crunch Premier League match against leaders Liverpool.

The influential Belgium midfielder missed Sunday's victory over Southampton with a muscle injury and could be sidelined again when the top two face off at the Etihad on Thursday (kick-off 8pm).

Ilkay Gundogan could return, but Fabian Delph remains suspended and both Benjamin Mendy (knee) and Claudio Bravo (Achilles) are long-term absentees.

For Liverpool, James Milner is in contention to return. A minor muscular injury ruled the former City midfielder out of the Boxing Day win over Newcastle but he is expected to be available for the Etihad Stadium clash.

Striker Dominic Solanke is struggling with a muscle problem, although he is yet to make a first-team appearance for the leaders this season.

Manchester City provisional squad: Ederson, Muric, Walker, Danilo, Stones, Otamendi, Laporte, Kompany, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Foden, D Silva, B Silva, Sane, Sterling, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Diaz, Aguero, Jesus

Liverpool provisional squad: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Shaqiri, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Mignolet, Clyne, Moreno, Henderson, Keita, Lallana, Sturridge, Origi.

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