General views of Academy Stadium Manchester City Women v Chelsea Women - SSE Women's FA Cup Semi Final football match, Academy Stadium, Manchester, UK - 14 Apr 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

PREVIEW: Manchester City v Aston Villa

Manchester City will play their first match of 2021 on Sunday afternoon when Aston Villa provide the opposition in a Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture at The Academy Stadium.

Gareth Taylor’s side were forced to postpone their last two fixtures in both the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship due to positive COVID-19 tests in the camp.

Manchester City go into their latest Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture without American pair Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle who are away on international duty. Aoife Mannion and Megan Campbell could again be missing from the squad as they continue to build up their fitness following their respective injuries.

Aston Villa manager Gemma Davies could hand a full debut to Japanese international Mana Iwabuchi after she came off the bench to feature against Bristol City in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup in midweek. Goalkeeper Lisa Weiss could be reinstalled to the starting XI while Stine Larsen will be hoping to lead the line in the North West after scoring against The Robins at Twerton Park on Wednesday.

Manchester City’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Aston Villa is scheduled to kick-off at 12.30pm on Sunday afternoon and will be available for fans to watch live on the BBC Red Button and via the FA Player.

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