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Pep facing late call over Ederson, Jesus for Brugge

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

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

City then took a practical decision for the duo to fly straight to Belgium ahead of the Champions League game.

This had the added advantage for the players of avoiding the need to quarantine on return to the UK. Although the law would have permitted them to train – or even play against Burnley – they would still have needed to spend the rest of their time in isolation for a number of days.

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This is because both players were involved in Brazil’s previous match in Colombia, one of the few remaining countries on the UK’s travel red list, on October 10.

The downside to the arrangement from City boss Guardiola’s point of view is that he will hold Monday’s training session in Manchester before travelling to Belgium.

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

“We have time to prepare the training session but, because we have to train here, they will not be here. I have to think about it.

“We sent them there because the day after the game in Bruges they can come back and make a normal life. If they had come back directly to Manchester they would have been isolated in a hotel and we didn’t want that. That is why they travelled to Belgium.

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

PSG's Idrissa Gueye, left, scores the opening goal during the Champions League Group A soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at the Parc des Princes in Paris, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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After opening with a victory against RB Leipzig, Man City lost to Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 in the second round of fixtures in the Champions League group stage

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

With Brugge having already shown their mettle by drawing with PSG, Guardiola recognises the pressure is on ahead of back-to-back encounters 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.

“It is what it is. We live all the time on the brink, on the edge.

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

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Kate and William share heartbreak over David Amess killing – ‘Shocked and saddened’

Kate and William share heartbreak over David Amess killing - 'Shocked and saddened'

Sir David, 69, was stabbed multiple times as he held a surgery in his Southend West constituency. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said their “thoughts and prayers” were with his family, friends and colleagues. 

A post on their official Kensington Royal Twitter account said: “We are shocked and saddened by the murder of Sir David Amess, who dedicated 40 years of his life to serving his community.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues. W & C.”

Sir David, who has been an MP since 1983, was stabbed to death at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea at midday on Friday.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering the Tory veteran, who was married with five children.

Boris Johnson said Sir David was “one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics”.

Speaking on Friday evening, the Prime Minister said: “I think all our hearts are full of shock and sadness today at the loss of Sir David Amess MP, who was killed in his constituency surgery in a church after almost 40 years of continuous service to the people of Essex and the whole of the United Kingdom.

“And the reason I think people are so shocked and saddened is above all he was one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics, and he also had an outstanding record of passing laws to help the most vulnerable, whether the people who are suffering from endometriosis, passing laws to end cruelty to animals, or doing a huge amount to reduce the fuel poverty suffered by people up and down the country.

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The death has led to Home Secretary Priti Patel asking all police forces to review security arrangements for MPs “with immediate effect”.

Mr Harrington said officers were called to reports of a stabbing at just after midday.

He said: “The response of the emergency services to this incident was immediate and our officers arrived on scene within minutes.

“When they arrived they found Sir David Amess MP, who had suffered multiple injuries.

“This was a difficult incident, but our officers and paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service worked extremely hard to save Sir David.

“Tragically he died at the scene. A 25-year-old man was arrested immediately at the scene on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody.

“A knife was also recovered at the scene.”

Sir David’s death comes five years after Labour MP Jo Cox was fatally stabbed as she attended a constituency surgery in 2016.

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