PREVIEW: Borussia Monchengladbach v Manchester City (19:45)

Manchester City will go into their penultimate game of the Champions League group stages against Morussia Mönchengladbach without their captain.

Vincent Kompany missed the last training session with the team on Tuesday before they flew out to Germany after a knee injury and is expected to be out for several weeks as well as picking up a concussion against Crystal Palace over the weekend.

City return to Borussia Park with the knowledge that a point will be sufficient to qualify for the next stage of the Champions League – leaving one game to spare if things fall south meaning that even if Mönchengladbach and Celtic win their last game, it will not be enough.

The Bundesliga side are going into the game with a defeat from the reverse fixture after The Blues won 4 – 0 at home and City fans are hoping Sergio Aguero can keep up his scoring record and bag another hat-trick.

Domestically, the Germans aren’t doing well; sitting 13th in the Bundesliga and have lost their last six matches while City are 3rd in the Premier League and haven’t lost a game since their 2 – 0 defeat at Tottenham in October.

The underdogs have only won one game during the group stages but can get into the last 16 if they were to beat the Manchester side, and manager André Schubert thinks it is possible.

“We are playing against one of the best teams, with the potential to get to the semi-finals or the final of the Champions League. We’re huge underdogs going into this game, we’re aware of that.”

Josep Drmic, Alvaro Dominguez, Mamadou Doucoere, Marvin Schulz and Patrick Herman could all miss the game tonight through injury for the German side as well as Julian Korb who is suspended after a red card against Celtic while Yaya Toure is ineligible to play for the City side and Fabian Delph and Pablo Zabaleta are not fit enough to make the squad.

Pepe Guardiola called for fans not to get too excited after the win against Barcelona.

“It was just one game. We cannot be considered favourites to win. Maybe in 10 years but we need time to achieve that.”

This is the second consecutive season Gladbach and City have faced each other in the group stages and the English side have won all three matches.

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