Manchester City‘s pre-season preparations have been plunged into disarray after their flight to China was delayed for a second time.
The Premier League champions were due to fly to Shanghai ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy on Saturday but that was put back 24 hours due to an administrative issue involving travel agent Thomas Cook.
The problem had still not been resolved by Sunday evening, meaning that Pep Guardiola and his squad were now set to leave on Monday.
That would leave City little acclimatisation time ahead of their opening match in the exhibition tournament against West Ham in Nanjing on Wednesday.
However, PA understands the Premier League is confident City’s participation will not be affected.
After Wednesday’s game, City will either play in the final or the third-placed play-off against Wolves or Newcastle in Shanghai on Saturday.
City complete their tour with friendlies in Hong Kong and Japan next week.
Guardiola and Wolves counterpart Nuno Espirito Santo were due to hold press conferences in Shanghai on Monday but this was due to go ahead without the City boss.
Manchester City suffered a minor hitch ahead of their trip to the Premier League Asia Trophy in China when their flight was delayed.
An administrative issue caused the problem and the club will instead fly out on Sunday.
As a result, City’s first press conference, due at 14:00 in Shanghai on Monday (10:00 UAE), is likely to be put back.
A statement from the club on Twitter said: “Due to an unforeseen administrative issue beyond the Club’s control, which is being resolved, regrettably, we will embark on our pre-season tour a little later than intended.
“We will now travel tomorrow (Sunday) and look forward to taking part in the Premier League Asia Trophy as planned.”
Manchester United and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has promised an update on his future by next week.
It is believed that negotiations between Inter Milan and United are advanced and the forward, who struggled at Old Trafford last season, could find a new home in Italy.
Lukaku has promised an update on this matter by next week.
“You guys [the media] will know something next week,” he told reporters according to Goal.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed to provide any clarity on the matter and maintained that the Belgian missed the first game of United’s pre-season tour against Perth Glory in Australia due to an injury.
“Let’s see when the season starts,” Solskjaer said.
“We’ve not had any bids that we’re considering. All my conversations with the players I will keep confidential. That’s between us – that’s my privilege.
“There’s been so much speculation but yes he should be fit for Wednesday. He trained with the team yesterday but he wasn’t useful today.”