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Man City XI vs Brighton: Predicted lineup, confirmed team news, latest injury updates for Premier League today

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 (ES Composite)
(ES Composite)

Manchester City are able to welcome back Kevin de Bruyne for their final two games of the Premier League season, starting this evening against Brighton.

The influential midfielder has been forced to sit out the loss to Chelsea and seven-goal thrilling win at Newcastle with a muscle injury.

"Kevin has trained in the last two days and is feeling good," Pep Guardiola said. "Everyone knows Kevin is important but we will see his level over the next few days and when he is ready to play."

De Bruyne's return to training means that Sergio Aguero is the only known absentee for Tuesday's match.

Guardiola's team-sheet on Friday night could have created the impression of a team happy to ease off - with third-choice goalkeeper Scott Carson making his City debut at the age of 35 while there was a rare appearance for Eric Garcia in a side sporting five changes.

Guardiola admitted the squad approached that game "more relaxed" after Manchester United's home loss to Leicester last Tuesday night ended the title race, but insisted their focus had now returned.

"We spoke, had a day off," he said of their title celebrations. "I told them to forget the football and enjoy your time with your family as a champion. "We spoke in training that we have a routine, be focused. They're training really good.

"In the game against Newcastle the people were more relaxed but I saw them today so focused. We'll play the next one and prepare for the final. I have no doubts the people are incredibly committed to win the three games we still have."

Pool via REUTERS
Pool via REUTERS

Ferran Torres was the hero of the Newcastle win as the Spaniard bagged his first Premier League hat-trick, leading to suggestions he could be Aguero's long-term replacement.

It took Torres to 13 goals in 34 appearances for City this season, but Guardiola revealed the 21-year-old had taken time to settle in Manchester.

"Ferran was in an incredible mood when he arrived (then) in one period sad, upset with the world, with many situations and that's why he didn't play good," Guardiola said. "When he changed his mind and he was open and he started to smile again always he played good.”

Manchester City predicted XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Mendy; Silva, Fernandinho, Foden; Mahrez, Jesus, Torres

Manchester City provisional squad: Ederson, Steffen, Walker, Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Laporte, Ake, Garcia, Zinchenko, Mendy, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne, Foden, Silva, Torres, Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus.

Additional reporting by Press Association.

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