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Pep Guardiola looks to shore up defence by handing Fernandinho first start of the season at centre-back against Shakhtar Donetsk Pep Guardiola faces a selection dilemma before the clash with Shakhtar Donetsk Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones were lambasted after the defeat by Norwich  Centre-back Aymeric Laporte is unavailable after suffering a long-term injury Fernandinho is set to deputise when Manchester City return to European action 

By Jack Gaughan for the Daily Mail

Published: 23:08 BST, 16 September 2019 | Updated: 23:09 BST, 16 September 2019


Pep Guardiola is contemplating shaking up Manchester City’s defence after the weekend’s shambolic capitulation at Norwich City.

Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones were both heavily criticised for their part in the 3-2 defeat, a result that reinforced City’s problems without the injured Aymeric Laporte.

Fernandinho, now viewed as permanent central defensive cover, is likely to make his first start

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