City open bid to regain title against Wolves

September 21, 2020
Manchester City’s David Silva is applauded by team mates at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Norwich City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, July 26, 2020.
Manchester City’s David Silva is applauded by team mates at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Norwich City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, July 26, 2020.

Manchester City begin their quest to regain the Premier League trophy from Liverpool when they play Wolverhampton Wanderers today. City have made two key new signings in center back Nathan Ake and winger Ferran Torres.

But City's record goalscorer, Sergio Aguero, faces another two months out after knee surgery in June. Playmaker Riyad Mahrez and center back Aymeric Laporte are short of fitness after contracting the coronavirus.

City were given an extra week's rest after reaching the Champions League quarter-finals in August. Wolves beat City home and away last season.

Defender Jonny is sidelined with a knee injury that will keep him out until next year. Defensive signing Ki-Jana Hoever is not eligible to make his debut after joining from Liverpool on Friday as part of the deal that saw Diogo Jota head in the opposition direction to the champions.

Wolves opened with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United, which also plays Monday against Aston Villa. There could be Villa debuts for goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, defender Matty Cash and forward Ollie Watkins -- a trio that cost more than 60 million pounds ($78 million).

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