City duo eye Toffees' return

City duo eye Toffees' return

Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne may come into contention for Manchester City's Premier League home clash with Everton on Saturday.

The pair, who have been sidelined because of respective calf and hamstring problems, both trained this week and are close to making a return while captain Vincent Kompany could also feature in the near future after recovering from a groin injury.

Midfielder Fabian Delph could soon be back in consideration after a knock but right-back Bacary Sagna is out until next month with a hamstring injury sustained on international duty.

On the France international stopper, boss Pep Guardiola said: "He went away for two weeks with France and got injured so now three weeks without him - it’s a pity."

The visit of Everton to the Etihad Stadium starts a hectic run of seven games in three weeks, including a Champions League double-header against Guardiola's former club Barcelona.

Despite the busy spell, Guardiola is refusing to rest any of his players for the game against the Toffees and said: "Never prioritise. Of course when we play (in the) League Cup it's a little bit different but for the other competitions the next one is the most important game.

"I'm going to see how the internationals are physically, their mentality, their mental approach. Some of the players recover quickly, others need more time.

"Tomorrow is the most important game. I don't know what's going to happen against Everton so the approach for the next one is to win tomorrow."

Guardiola is also looking forward to locking horns with Everton boss Ronald Koeman having spent time at Barca with the Dutchman.

He added: "I'd look up to him. He is a big friend of mine so I appreciate his words.

"He always played good in the big games. He was amazing. He’s one of the best central defenders I’ve met in my entire life."