Out of the Champions League match are De Bruyne and Laporte

Aymeric Laporte and Kevin de Bruyne will not play in Wednesday’s first-leg Champions League match between Manchester City and RB Leipzig.

The two were not a part of the squad that was traveling to Germany and did not participate in Tuesday’s practice.

Due to illness, both have been ruled out, according to manager Pep Guardiola.

The game will also be missed by defender John Stones as he continues to recover from a thigh injury, but January acquisition Maximo Perrone has already left.

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Manchester City is aiming to win the Champions League for the first time after being frustrated by Forest.

A painful 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest on Saturday left them two points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal, so they are also looking to bounce back from that setback.

Guardiola, however, was inspired by his team’s performance despite the outcome.

The last game against Nottingham, he claimed, “was highest standards.”

“Since it’s football, we don’t always win, but I still enjoy the way we play. I’m not sure what transpired in that circumstance.

“Although we trained today, winning is not a guarantee. But I’m feeling optimistic.”

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The 32-goal striker Erling Haaland will be the hardest obstacle for RB Leipzig to overcome, but manager Marco Rose is certain that his intimate familiarity with the player would be beneficial to his team.

Haaland and Rose previously collaborated at Borussia Dortmund.

If he sees the goal, Rose remarked, “he is obsessed about scoring.” “He works tirelessly for the squad and is always there for them.

“His technical side, movement, and general game have all really improved. He is a world-class player who is currently playing for one of the finest teams in the world.

“But I have a lot of faith in my group. We want to compete with one of the top teams in the world, seek for opportunities, and see what happens.”

Christopher Nkunku of RB Leipzig is questionable for the match. The French forward has 17 goals this season across all competitions, although he has just recently made a full recovery from an ankle injury he sustained in November.

He participated and assisted in the victory over Wolfsburg on Saturday, but he is still working his way back to full fitness.

Christo was only able to complete a portion of the workout today due to a reaction to his injury, Rose continued.

“Without a doubt, we won’t begin [on Wednesday] with him.

“We won’t be taking any chances, but we will have to see if he can be with us at all. This season, we have a lot more games.”

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