Pep Guardiola will make a late decision on whether Ederson and Gabriel Jesus should play Manchester City’s Champions League match against Club Brugge on Tuesday.

The Brazilian duo were ruled out of Saturday’s Premier League win over Burnley after playing a World Cup qualifier in South America on Thursday night.

Then City made the practical decision that the duo would travel directly to Belgium ahead of the Champions League match.

This had the added advantage of players avoiding the need for quarantine upon returning to the UK. Although the law would have allowed them to train – or even play against Burnley – they would still need to spend the rest of their time in isolation for several days.

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That’s because both players featured in Brazil’s previous match in Colombia, one of the few countries left on the UK’s travel red list, on October 10.

The downside to this arrangement from City boss Guardiola’s view is that he will hold a training session on Monday in Manchester before traveling to Belgium.

Guardiola said: “They are in Belgium now. They told me they can play but we will see what their condition is.

“We have time to prepare for the training session, but because we have to train here, they won’t be here. I have to think about it.”

“We sent them there because the day after the match in Bruges they could go back and live normally. If they had gone straight back to Manchester they would have been isolated in a hotel and we wouldn’t want to. That’s why they traveled to Belgium.

“Maybe they will be able to play and that’s good news.”

Idrissa Guy, of Paris Saint-Germain, scores the opening goal during the Champions League Group A soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at Parc des Princes in Paris, Tuesday, September 28, 2021 (AP Photo/Christophe Inna)
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After opening with a win over RB Leipzig, Man City lost to Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 in the second round of the Champions League group stage matches.

City, who reached the Champions League final last season, dropped to third in Group A behind Paris Saint-Germain and Brugge after losing in the French capital last time.

With Brugge already showing his strength by drawing with PSG, Guardiola knows the pressure is building ahead of back-to-back confrontations with the Belgian champions.

Guardiola said: “We love the pressure, I love it. I know what we have to do, we have to win. We know that.”

“That’s what it is. We live all the time on the edge of the abyss, on the edge of the abyss.”

“We don’t have much time but we will recover well and prepare a little for the match.”

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