Man City trio face fitness tests ahead of Stoke trip

Man City midfielder Bernardo Silva

Man City midfielder Bernardo Silva

"After we go to train in Abu Dhabi and after the worldwide break hopefully the players will come back safe without injuries and then we can think about Everton and the (Champions League) quarter-finals".

Kevin Wimmer and Saido Berahino, who have been placed on programmes to improve their fitness, could possibly return to the Stoke matchday squad.

Despite missing huge chunks of training due to his travelling commitments, Silva has remained one of Guardiola's most influential stars on their march towards the Premier League title.

Guardiola wants to sign off in positive fashion but is taking nothing for granted against the relegation-threatened Potters, despite thrashing them 7-2 earlier in the season.

Fabian Delph is available again after serving a suspension but he could be doubtful after suffering a knock.

Meanwhile, Stoke boss Paul Lambert pointed to the Champions League trophy he won as a player with Borussia Dortmund as proof that no upset is too much to dream of in football.

They are set to return, while Guardiola could also have the luxury of welcoming back Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling from injury.

"On any given day you can win a game of football".

"If we try to play football the same way they do then we will be beaten - that's the reality". The champions are still Chelsea. He believes: 'I am strong, I will come back soon, I will play like I did before the injury.' That is not happening.

"But now we have to look forward because we have a lot of games this season, especially in the Premier League and we can win two (more) titles".

"But the best example was [on Wednesday]".

"At Wigan we lost because we played for 55 minutes with 10 against 11".

Stoke are mired in the bottom three on the back of just one win in 10 league games.

Soriano went on to add that Guardiola's and City's plans would not be carried out if not for the world-class players on the pitch, and stated that it was a necessity for the club to continue attracting the best to Manchester to continue their growth commercially.

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