Manchester City could be without seven key first-team players from the start at Watford on Saturday after picking up more injuries this week.

Aymeric Laporte will be back available from suspension after missing City's win at Aston Villa, while Pep Guardiola will hope to have Phil Foden and Jack Grealish available after the pair returned to the matchday squad at Villa Park.

Ferran Torres remains the only long-term absentee, but there were three new injury concerns this week when Ilkay Gundogan, Kyle Walker and John Stones were all ruled out of the trip to the midlands this week with 'niggles'.

Guardiola couldn't guarantee the trio would be ready for the next trip to Watford, while Kevin De Bruyne is also back in training but might need time to recover his full fitness.

We've rounded up the state of City's injury 'emergency' and looked at when each player could return:

Kevin De Bruyne

The Belgian is back in training after recovering from Covid, but Guardiola has suggested he will need time to recover his full sharpness, and couldn't guarantee a return against Watford.

"Kevin had just two training sessions but is coming back," he said after the win at Aston Villa, having previously said De Bruyne needs more time than others to reach full fitness.

Possible return date: December 4

Jack Grealish

Grealish came back from injury at Aston Villa to play the final five minutes, where he was tasked with keeping possession and relieving pressure. Guardiola said before the game that he was not ready to play 90 minutes, but his cameo at Villa Park and extra couple of days training could put him in contention to face Watford.

Possible return date: December 4

Phil Foden

Like Grealish, Foden made his return to a matchday squad on Wednesday after a short time out injured, but remained on the bench having also been assessed as being unable to play a full game.

Beofre the Villa win, Guardiola said: "It's good news for us, for them as well. They're not [ready] for 90 minutes. But it's good news, they're back."

Possible return date: December 4

Kyle Walker

In less good news, Kyle Walker is one of three players who have provided more injury woe for Guardiola, having picked up a niggle this week in the build-up to the Villa trip.

After the game, Guardiola said: "I don’t know [if they will face Watford]. Normally I'm not like this, if they are not there, they are not there. I would prefer it, absolutely."

Guardiola could give a more detailed update on Friday as he previews the Watford game.

Possible return date: Unknown

John Stones

Stones, like Walker, was a notable absentee at Villa Park, with Guardiola again unable to provide a return date for the centre back.

Nathan Ake stepped in against Villa, and Aymeric Laporte will return from his one-game suspension to provide competition in defence, so there should be cover if Stones misses out again.

Possible return date: Unknown

Ilkay Gundogan

All Guardiola would say regarding Ilkay Gundogan's injury was that he was told on Wednesday morning that the German couldn't play in the evening.

He said: "Yesterday [Tuesday] the doctor come and say this player cannot play and after another and this morning the doctor said Gundogan couldn't play."

Once again, there were no guarantees of a return at Vicarage Road, and a more detailed update is expected on Friday.

Possible return date: Unknown

Ferran Torres

The winger, linked with Barcelona, injured his foot on international duty in October and has not featured since. He has undergone treatment and posted some updates of his recovery on social media.

Confirming his setback at the time, Guardiola suggested City would have to wait until the new year to have Torres available again. However, with Barcelona publicly declaring their interest in him, and Torres open to leaving, there is a chance the no.21 has played his final game for City should Barca make a move in January.

Possible return date: January