Celtic v Manchester City

27 Sep

Celtic's Dorus de Vries and Craig Gordon in training on Tuesday


Dorus de Vries was replaced by Craig Gordon at half-time on Saturday

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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.

Kevin de Bruyne, Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph missed training for City.

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.

City expect to discover the extent of De Bruyne’s injury by Wednesday, with reports suggesting the midfielder 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 the defender’s potential return.

Kevin de Bruyne and Pep Guardiola<!–

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 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.

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.”

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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