Man City still grounded as pre-season plans fail to take off

The Manchester City staff looked confused at check-in

The Manchester City staff looked confused at check-in

Manchester City have finally set off for their pre-season tour of Asia two days later than originally scheduled after an "administrative issue" saw their flights cancelled. While City are unhappy with Thomas Cook Sport, the travel company played down any culpability.

A spokesperson revealed: 'Due to an administrative error with third parties Manchester City's flight with Aeronexus was delayed by two days. The issue may relate to a failure to gain clearance into Chinese airspace.

City had hoped to fly on Sunday evening after the initial delay but that was put back further when the problem was not resolved.

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Key players such a Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho and Ederson have been excused from traveling with the club due to their Copa America duties. Riyad Mahrez is absent due to playing for Algeria in Africa Cup of Nations.

City are returning to China this summer for the first time since their 2016 tour of the country ended in farce with the cancellation of their proposed friendly against Manchester United in Beijing due to a waterlogged pitch at the Bird's Nest Stadium.

City will face West Ham in Nanjing on Wednesday, before then heading to Hong Kong to play Kitchee and finishing their pre-Community Shield games against Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan on July 27.

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