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Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City

10th May 2019, 18:27 by Simon Barlow

Man City could be boosted by the return of Kevin De Bruyne as they target the win that will ensure them of the title at Brighton.

The Belgian playmaker has been sidelined for the past three matches with a hamstring injury but City have shown their mettle by recording crucial wins against Manchester United, Burnley and Leicester in his absence.

Defensive midfielder Fernandinho, who limped off at Old Trafford last month, is still out with a knee injury and is also doubtful for the FA Cup final next week.

And left-back Bernard Mendy also looks to be unavailable after suffering a setback in his recovery from a knee injury.

Reports have suggested the former Monaco star has undergone an operation to rectify the problem already.

Brighton captain Bruno will play his final game for the club on Sunday after announcing his retirement.

The Spaniard has made over 220 league appearances for the Seagulls and will receive an emotional farewell from the home fans at the Amex Stadium.

Davy Propper has a hamstring issue while Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo is ruled out with a knee problem.

With the Premier League title at stake for the visitors, Albion boss Chris Hughton has warned Pep Guardiola's side that his side will be playing to win.

"It's a home game for us," he said.

"Irrespective of the results we have had against the big team, our philosophy has always been the same - how can we win this football match?

"It so happens that this game has a lot of meaning and we have to treat it with the respect it deserves. We have to try our best to get a result."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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