Star duo set to miss Shakhtar clash, Mendy faces late fitness test

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Shakhtar Donetsk will be without club captain and legend Darijo Srna for Tuesday night's visit to the Etihad Stadium where they will face Manchester City in the Champions League.

LIFE is pretty good as a Manchester City fan at the minute. Manchester City look like the easy favorite at home, but this Shakhtar will be high on confidence after beating Napoli.

Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and centre-back Vincent Kompany will definitely miss out, despite being back in training after recent injury problems.

Danilo will likely come into the squad at left back if Mendy isn't deemed fit enough to play while Nicolas Otamendi, John Stone and Kyle Walker retain their places in the starting lineup. David Silva plays and with Kevin De Bruyne and Leory Sane will be looking to create openings for Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero. "They feel their team-mates beside them and go "wow, he is good".

The full-back was informed by Ukraine's national anti-doping centre (NADCU) he had tested positive for a banned substance on Monday. Napoli are one of the three or four or five best teams, playing football, they are leading the Italian league - and they beat them.

Taras Stepanenko and Fred are expected to act as the holding midfielders.

Their current group contains eight Brazilians - six of them midfielders - and two Argentinians, who are both strikers.

The two teams will be meeting for the first time in European competition.

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He said: "I've always said that Premier League second teams don't compete very well".

City have been in outstanding form of late, scoring 16 goals in their past three league matches, with 5-0 victories over Liverpool and Crystal Palace coming either side of a 6-0 win at Watford.

"I think the qualities that [Aguero] had in the past are the same", the City manager told a pre-match news conference.

Aguero now have a total of 176 goals and 54 assists in 260 appearances across all competitions.

Pep Guardiola's free-scoring side had netted 23 goals in their previous five games, but any notions of recording yet another crushing victory were ended fairly quickly as City struggled to break down the well organised and disciplined visitors in a tightly contested first-half.

This is the first time Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk will ever play a competitive match against each other.

'Hopefully we can just keep performing as we're doing. The Argentine, who once spent an ill-fated season on loan at Newcastle, seems to have rediscovered his goalscoring touch. They have to play good.

The Ukrainian champions are not to be underestimated.

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