Ilkay Gundogan and Nicolas Otamendi are both hoping to play a part when Manchester City entertain Shakhtar Donetsk tonight. A win for Pep Guardiola’s men, coupled with a loss for Hoffenheim, would see City progress to the knockout stages but it remains to be seen what kind of side City will put out.
Guardiola insists he does not have one eye on the Manchester derby against United this weekend, but changes are inevitable.
Midfielder Gundogan has been out for five weeks with a hamstring problem and defender Otamendi has not played since the win over Shakhtar on 23 October, but both are back in the squad and could figure.
Kevin de Bruyne and Eliaquim Mangala are the only squad players unavailable to Guardiola, who is treating the group encounter at the Etihad Stadium as “a final”. “Every game is important, and you have to evaluate,” he said.
“Shakhtar is the most important because it’s the first one. After dropping points against Lyon every game is a final. “We have a chance to step into next round, then we have three or four days to think about Manchester United [on Sunday].”