Manchester City v Brighton - Confirmed Lineups: Pep Guardiola missing star names


That suggests they might limit City to a respectable scoreline, although the fact that Guardiola's team scored three at home to Brighton last season indicates they have the capability to open a wider gap this time.

The Belgian star has not played since victory at Arsenal on the opening weekend after injuring his right knee.

De Bruyne, meanwhile, was quick to state that he meant to be back on the field in time for a derby date with Manchester United on November 11.

City were not expecting him to be available until late November, but his return could well come before this month's worldwide break. It looks like the 30-year-old will be fit to line up against Hoffenheim tomorrow, with City confirming he will fly to Germany with the others.

De Bruyne will likely be restricted to a watching brief for that encounter, but his return to action may not be too far off as he prepares to provide Guardiola's side with a timely boost in their quest for major silverware across multiple competitions.

De Bruyne's return to first-team duties also comes ahead of their top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

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Each of Brighton's last five matches have been either draws or decided by one goal. The France worldwide has also been criticised for his social media use and has taken a break since being pictured at Anthony Joshua's fight in London last Saturday night, hours before his late appearance.

"All the players know they are part of the team".

"I know we deserved that point at least so I'm happy with that".

'Go to Anfield, win, lose, whatever. "Now he's injured I hope he recovers well because he's an important player for us", the Portuguese global told reporters.

The boss says he can see the hunger and desire that spurred the Blues to glory last season again this campaign and believes his players are doing all they can to repeat those feats this term.