Brazilian duo Ederson and Gabriel Jesus could be set to return to the Manchester City line-up for the trip to Club Brugge on Tuesday.
The pair featured in Brazil’s World Cup Qualifier against Brazil on Friday, and therefore couldn’t play any part in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Burnley.
As part of an agreement, the pair would have needed to undergo a ‘bespoke quarantine’ upon their return to England, meaning they could only be allowed to train and play in matches, and only if they are fully vaccinated.
But the club have confirmed that the pair have flown directly to Belgium to make preparations for Tuesday’s vital clash, meaning their return to Manchester will be from a green listed country, which would make them available for Saturday’s visit to Brighton without having to quarantine.
Following defeat against PSG in the last round of Champions League matches, the Belgian side leapfrogged the blues into second place in the Group A table, and the following two matches against Brugge could potentially define City’s hope of qualification.
The Belgian side beat RB Leipzig in the last round after securing a 1-1 home draw with PSG in the opening round. Manager Pep Guardiola acknowledged there would be pressure on the team, but admitted it was something he thrived on.
“I love the pressure. I know what we have to do. We have to win. We know that. It is what it is. We live all the time on the edge. Now we rest. We don’t have much time.
“Recover well tomorrow, prepare for the next game in Brugge. That’s all.”