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When will Akanji make his Man City debut? Swiss defender waiting on bow after £15m transfer

8:30 PM SGT 5/9/22
Manuel Akanji Man City 2022-23
Manuel Akanji is in line to make his Manchester City debut when the Blues face Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday.
  • Defender signed for £15 million
  • Walker picked up a knock
  • European bow now on the cards

WHAT HAPPENED? The Switzerland international defender completed a £15 million ($17m) move to the Etihad Stadium from Borussia Dortmund on transfer deadline day. He was unavailable for a Premier League clash with Aston Villa due to the birth of his second child, but could be included in Pep Guardiola’s plans for a first European outing of 2022-23.

WHAT THEY SAID: Quizzed on whether Akanji is ready to make his City debut against Sevilla, Guardiola said: “I think so. He feels good. He couldn’t be here [against Aston Villa] because he had a baby born, so congratulations to him, his wife and family. [But] he is ready, he came back really well from Dortmund. He’s trained one day. Friday afternoon he flew to his wife.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Akanji may be required to step straight in for City as they saw Kyle Walker forced off through injury towards the end of a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.

AND WHAT'S MORE: The Blues already find themselves without the services of Aymeric Laporte, with the Spain international centre-half currently recovering from knee surgery.

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WHAT NEXT FOR MAN CITY? Guardiola’s side are still waiting in a first Champions League crown and will be determined to establish early momentum when they open another group stage campaign on Spanish soil.