Shakhtar Donetsk have conceded 14 goals in their past 4 UEFA Champions League away games.
The left-back limped off with a knee injury during the first-half of Saturday's 5-0 trouncing of Premier League basement side Crystal Palace. He also stated Gundogan was not far away either.
"It is better to be in the position we are, but it's just September", he told reporters in Manchester at his pre-match press conference.
In Ukraine, against largely inferior opposition, Fonseca's side play an expansive, possession-based attacking style, spending as much time as possible in the final third and making good use of their wide men to deliver crosses.
"The players know it is September".
Meanwhile, Vincent Kompany will be missing once again as he continues to struggle to overcome the calf injury he suffered while on global duty this month. It's a competition in which we all got some great experience so we'd love to see them go follow in our footsteps.
Dontesk will travel to England certainly looking to spoil the party that has been the start to City's season, and considering their recent form City will certainly will have to be on their toes to come away with three points.
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"When we win, then things always seem easy".
We're getting towards the stage of the season where we're going to be playing on some wet pitches, where our power and strength will help us. That is the secret.
A win would create clear daylight between the Blues and the rest of the group whatever happens in the Napoli v Feyenoord game.
Fabian Delph and Danilo are both in contention to start if the France global fails to recover in time.
"We changed our preparations a bit but we need to keep faith with our style", Fonseca had said in the buildup. "Ilkay trained yesterday part of the training".
City fell short last season because of a repeated failure to turn their domination of games into victories.
Alongside Nemanja Matic, Marouane Fellaini has probably played his two best games in a United shirt and to be keeping a top player like Ander Herrera out really says something. We did not score goals but it was a demanding game. Eduardo Berizzo's men should have little trouble in getting three points, as they look to mount a serious Champions League challenge after the shock last-16 exit at the hands of Leicester last season. "We have to be careful and work in our habits and our fundamentals".