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PREVIEW: Manchester City v Barcelona

Manchester City will aim to overturn a huge 3-0 deficit this afternoon when they face Spanish giants Barcelona in the second leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final tie at The Academy Stadium.

Gareth Taylor’s side were outclassed by Barcelona in last week’s first leg in Monza meaning that they now have a huge task on their hands back in Manchester.

Manchester City will continue to be without captain Steph Houghton who is understood to be a couple of weeks away from a return while she will now be joined on the sidelines by Demi Stokes who picked up an injury against Reading on Saturday. Long term absentees Gemma Bonner and Megan Campbell remain sidelined.

Barcelona forward Jennifer Hermoso missed the 4-0 victory over Sevilla at the weekend, although that may have been precautionary with the player having been struggling with a recent injury. Alexia Putellas and Patricio Guijarro were both named on the bench for that game and are pushing for recalls to the starting XI. Head coach Lluis Cortes is not thought to have any fresh injury concerns to contend with.

Manchester City’s UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final second leg tie against Barcelona is scheduled to kick-off at 4pm and will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2.

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