Manchester City’s flight to London was re-rerouted from a City Airport destination to London Stansted this evening after the aircraft developed a technical issue believed to be related to its braking system.
The first-team squad flew to the capital on Friday ahead of City’s lunchtime Premier League clash with West Ham United.
But their flight had to redirected from City Airport to London Stansted more than 30 miles away. The team suffered a slight delay ahead of travelling to the hotel before Saturday’s clash.
It is understood that there was no fault on the part of the airport but the flight was rerouted as a longer runway was required for landing..
City travelled without injured players Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy but Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte returned to training on Thursday.
However, boss Pep Guardiola was remaining tight-lipped about whether they would be fit to return to face the Hammers.
“Some of them will be [involved],” he said at his pre-match press conference. “Some of them, no. You will know tomorrow.”
City have won on every visit to the London Stadium, scoring 22 goals and conceding just once.
But Guardiola is expecting a tough game against a side buoyed by their comeback against Tottenham when they snatched a 3-3 draw after conceding three times in the opening 20 minutes.
“The past is the past, we have good results,” the City boss said. “What we saw against Tottenham, always West Ham have quality players. They play really well against Tottenham, not just the last minutes, even at 3-0 down they play with a lot of personality.
“They are in good form. Definitely, they are in a good moment.”