Manchester City confirmed line-up vs Burnley: De Bruyne benched, key defender not in squad

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has made several changes to his side ahead of their Premier League clash with Burnley on Saturday.

After impressing against Crystal Palace last weekend, Yaya Toure starts again for City although David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne drop to the bench.

Summer signing Ilkay Gundogan is not included in the squad, and neither is fellow summer recruit John Stones who was criticised in midweek for his display against Borussia Monchengladbach after being at fault for the German side’s goal in the 1-1 draw.

Given that Vincent Kompany suffered another injury setback last weekend, it’s a surprise to see Guardiola go with a makeshift defence, but with no suggestion that either Stones or Gundogan are injured, it’s assumed that the Spanish tactician is resting the pair.

Raheem Sterling and Nolito will provide support for Sergio Aguero up front as City look to continue to apply pressure on their Premier League title rivals.

With the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool not in action until later this weekend, Guardiola’s men have the opportunity to go clear at the top of the table and will be desperate to put a winning run together and prove their strength in depth to produce despite high-profile absentees.

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