The Premier League is back in our lives, and Manchester City face a big challenge on Wednesday as they travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham United looking to make a statement in the race for a top-four finish.
To win a tough game you need your best players, and Pep Guardiola will welcome two of them back to action: Sergio Agüero, who missed the FA Cup match against Crystal Palace with a minor leg injury, and Fernandinho, who's free to play again after serving a four-match ban for his straight red card against Burnley in the first match of 2017.
Pep is really happy they're back, especially Dinho:
“Yes, he [Aguero] trained with the team so he is ready.
“Fernandinho is so important. We play a lot of games without him. I am happy he is back. Of course, it is important for us."
Fernandinho (and Agüero too, actually) has missed seven games through suspension this season, and the team's record without the Brazilian midfielder is not great. It has been a concern that Fernandinho is being too aggressive and that he may need to change his game.
“He’s not an aggressive player. He’s a tough player, intense player. He’s one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met and when you are a nice guy off the pitch you are a nice guy on the pitch. We accept the ban and don’t complain - but he’s not an aggressive guy."
Hopefully Dinho is not suspended again. We really need him.