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Adam Pope: Man City to be without first-team trio at Leeds United

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Manchester City will be without a trio of first-team players this evening when they take on Leeds United.

Leeds are host City at 5:30 and looking for a third consecutive win in the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa.

However, Pep Guardiola’s side offer a stern test, with or without key personnel.

It’s been a sluggish start to the season for City. They’ve beaten Wolves, but lost heavily to Leicester City last weekend.

A high-profile injury list isn’t helping Guardiola, though, with some key players missing and set to be absent against Leeds.

As per Adam Pope, Guardiola will be without Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus at Leeds, leaving him without a senior striker. Additionally, Ilkay Gundogan continues to be absent.

There could be a debut for £65m signing, Ruben Dias, who was signed this week from Benfica.

He’s been involved in training.

Obviously when you look at Aguero, Jesus and Gundogan, they are great players and City will miss them. However, whoever comes in to replace them will be filled with quality.

City are one of the top team’s in Europe and it’s not long ago that Guardiola was leading his side to back-to-back Premier League titles.

It takes a squad to win titles like that, not an XI. Whoever comes in will have enough quality to make the away side heavy favourites at Elland Road this evening.

It’s a tough game and not many of a Leeds persuasion will be expecting much from the game, even with the injuries City have to contend with.

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