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Gabriel Jesus

Manchester City have more attacking options for today's trip to Bournemouth after Gabriel Jesus's return from injury. 

The Brazil striker has missed City’s last three games with a hamstring injury.

His absence placed a heavy workload on Sergio Aguero, who played 283 minutes in the space of a week - including all 120 minutes of the Carabao Cup final win over Chelsea.

But City coach Pep Guardiola has no concerns about the workload his 25-goal top scorer has faced.

"It's good," said Guardiola. "I've told the players who don't play don't complain, now if they play they can't complain. But now Gabriel is back and Raheem(Sterling can play there too."

Defender John Stones is available after a groin problem but the injury news is mixed for  quadruple-chasing City with key pair Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte still sidelined.

Asked when the duo will return, Guardiola said: "I don't know. I think after international break in late March for Fernandinho, maybe a few days later for Aymeric. We will see."

Fabian Delph has also returned to training after the latest in a series of niggles and setbacks but will not feature at the Vitality Stadium.

City's recent problems - including defender  Nicolas Otamendi's sending off at Schalke - have meant captain Vincent Kompany being pressed into action more than ideal after his own injury issues.

Guardiola added: "He is the only guy I've met who doesn't train for two months then after one-and-half-sessions can play 90 minutes at a high level.

"I've never seen it before, you always need time, but he knows his body perfectly. It was a risk but it is what it is."


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