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Manchester City have 1 centre-back available due to their opening Champions League Group C associate with Shakhtar Donetsk.
Only Nicolas Otamendi is matched with John Stones ruled out due to a muscle injury and Aymeric Laporte (knee) also sidelined until the new year.
Fernandinho is expected to fill the emptiness and director Pep Guardiola claims the fundamental midfielder”can cope with it”.
“He can do well because my players are well,” he said.
“We will create something, it’s what it is.”
City lost land on league leaders Liverpool having a 3-2 defeat by Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday, but Guardiola insists he’s”ready for the struggle” because he aims to deliver the Champions League this year – that the only decoration he’s yet to succeed at Etihad Stadium.
“Football is not how you manage great conditions, but the way to handle bad ones,” he further added.
“We won seven titles and nobody gave us anythingwe did it all ourselves.
“As a supervisor, it’s an amazing challenge with just one central guardian, and I love to show myself.”
Teenage midfielder Phil Foden can also be from this tie due to a”virus problem with the stomach”.
City begin their Group C campaign at the Metalist Stadium, where they had been the first team to win against the Ukrainian side away with a victory last year.
However, Guardiola is cautious having lost the preceding season.
“They are incredible on the counter-attack and enjoying short,” he explained.
“Hopefully we can play in great rhythm. The very first game in Champions League is important.
“Every time that I play against Shakhtar that the way they play is very similar. Always it’s tough.”
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