Pep Guardiola gave injury updates on Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, John Stones and Sergio Aguero ahead of Man City’s busy run of fixtures.
Aguero returned for the first time in a month with a late substitute appearance in City’s 3-1 win over Leicester on Saturday.
Gabriel Jesus has been deputising for the striker during his absence but is likely to retain his place in the starting XI against Wolves on December 27, with Aguero not yet at full fitness.
David Silva and John Stones will miss out again having been sidelined since the Manchester derby earlier this month.
There was more positive news about De Bruyne, though, who limped off in the closing stages against Leicester.
“Kevin isn’t injured, he’s okay,” City manager Pep Guardiola said.
“David Silva is better, be he still continues (to be out). Stones is not ready.
“Sergio is not ready to start. I don’t know how long, but every day in training he is getting better.”
Here is the best of what Guardiola had to say ahead of City’s match with Wolves on Friday, which is live on talkSPORT.
The busy Christmas schedule
“We are training on the 23rd and 24th. The night of the 24th is off, 25th off, then 26th training and 27th we have Nuno’s team.
“What I know is that less than 48 hours is not the perfect time. Christmas time is what it is in this country and we adapt no problem.
On facing Wolves
“They are always one of the toughest opponents. Nuno is doing an incredible job. It is one of the toughest opponents at home but away as well. Hopefully we can maintain the good level we have had in the last few weeks.
“The best way is to think about the next game. We’ll see, I don’t think about which players are going to play. Youth have to think about Sheffield United, it’s only 48 hours.
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- Wolves vs Man City (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT
Racism in the game
“Of course [I would support players walking off],” he added.
“My players support initiatives and what you have to do is battle day by day. It’s not about one club.
“You have to fight every day, in the schools and the families to do better in the future generations.
“It is a battle day by day and of course we support initiatives.
“I think it was a problem that happened for decades, centuries. Now it’s visualised more because the media is closer to the problem.
”We have to fight, but we need time to eradicate it.”
His future at the club
“I think this is my fourth season, next season will be the fifth because i try to stay next season. It is a long time. I have answered this question recently many times, I am incredibly good here. I have to see if I deserve a new contract.
“The level has increased a lot and expectations are higher and we have to see if we can handle it. It is not just up to me. Now we have a break with the family and prepare Wolves and the rest. We have time to think about it in the future.”