FC Schalke 04 vs Manchester City preview: Stones and Jesus miss out through injury

By Ric Turner, Tue 19 February 2019 19:34

FC Schalke 04 vs Manchester City preview: Stones and Jesus miss out through injuryBenjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph also absent from squad travelling to Germany

FC Schalke 04 vs Manchester City

Competition: UEFA Champions League

Date: 8.00pm, Wednesday 20th February 2019

Venue: VELTINS-Arena, Gelsenkirchen

Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Assistants: Juan Yuste, Roberto Alonso Fourth Official: José María Sanchez Martinez 

Odds: Schalke 10/1, Draw 5/1, City 1/4

Tickets: Sold out

TV: BT Sport

Schalke 04

Manager: Domenico Tedesco

Squad (from): Fahrmann, Canpolat, Lenze, Nubel, Mendyl, Nastasic, Rudy, Oczipka, Sane, Bruma, Wiemann, McKennie, Serdar, Bentaleb, Konoplyanka, Kutucu, Caligiuir, Harit, Goller, Uth, Matondo, Burgstaller, Skrzybski, Teuchert

Injured: Stambouli, Schopf, Embolo

Doubtful: None

Suspended: Mascarell

Form guide: DLWLD

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Sandler, Laporte, Otamendi, Walker, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero

Injured: Bravo, Stones, Jesus, Mendy, Mangala

Doubtful: Kompany

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWL

John Stones and Gabriel Jesus are amongst a quartet of players who haven't travelled with the squad to Germany, after sustaining injuries during the FA Cup win at Newport. Jesus is thought to have a hamstring problem, whilst Stones has a groin issue, although neither injury is thought to be serious.

The other players to miss out are Fabian Delph and Benjamin Mendy, but there was brighter news for Pep Guardiola as captain Vincent Kompany was named ion the squad after returning to training yesterday.

Guardiola, meanwhile, said his side were in confident mood ahead of the tie at the Veltins-Arena.

“I believe the team can do better things than the first season," he said.

"We know each other much better. But this competition is special. The teams are good.

"You have to control your emotions. You have to suffer and survive the bad moments. But we are confident.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, B Silva, Sane, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: Schalke 1 Manchester City 3