Premier League champions Manchester City should not risk injury doubt Kevin De Bruyne against leaders Liverpool on Thursday, according to captain Vincent Kompany.The Belgium international missed the 3-1 defeat to Southampton due to a muscle problem, and has been absent for swathes of the campaign due to separate knee injuries.Liverpool’s trip to the Etihad Stadium starts a run of seven games over 26 days for City and Kompany feels Pep Guardiola would be best off looking beyond the summit meeting this week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “We all know Kevin’s strengths and his ability to change a game,” he told Sky Sports.”I really don’t know what physical state he is in.”He seems to be alright but in a way I feel this season still has so much to offer.”If I had to decide myself, what I would prefer is for Kevin to be fit for the rest of the season.”Everybody is focused on Liverpool but there is much more we’ll need him for.”De Bruyne faces a fitness test before his availability is determined for the visit of the Reds.The former Chelsea and Wolfsburg star trained on Tuesday and underwent further checks on Wednesday and Guardiola confirmed that his condition is improving.Jurgen Klopp is braced for De Bruyne to return but admitted that it would be a major boost to his side if the playmaker missed out.”We can’t specially prepare for Kevin De Bruyne,” the German coach added.”Missing a player like Kevin De Bruyne is a massive blow, unbelievable.”He played only from time to time and he was unbelievably influential immediately.”He scored fantastic goals, he’s just a world class player.”I expected that he’s playing, I’m happy that he’s not seriously injured again, I said before that I was really happy when he was back.”They have a lot of options, obviously, if he would play that would give them a massive boost, yes.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
The Toronto stock market was higher Monday, led by strength in the consumer staples sector after grocery giant Loblaw Cos. Ltd. announced plans to buy Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. for $12.4 billion in cash and stock.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 86.28 points to 12,548.46.In a related move, Loblaw’s majority owner, George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN) will subscribe for 10.5 million additional shares of the grocer for $47.55, the closing price for Loblaw shares on Friday. Proceeds from the Weston stock purchase will be used to pay a portion of the Shoppers purchase.Traders also applauded the deal, sending Loblaw shares up $4.08 or 8.58 per cent to $51.63 while George Weston climbed $4.92 to $88.20.Loblaw is offering $33.18 in cash plus about six-tenths of a Loblaw common share for each Shoppers Drug Mart common share. Shoppers shares surged $12.84 or 26.59 per cent to $61.24 as holders of Shoppers stock also have the option of receiving $61.54 cash but the amount of cash is capped at $6.7 billion and the number of shares is capped at 119.9 million.The Canadian dollar was down 0.13 of a cent 96.06 cents US.U.S. indexes were lacklustre despite better than expected earnings from banking giant Citigroup. Both the Dow industrials and S&P 500 closed at fresh record highs on Friday, and on Monday the Dow edged up 9.79 points to 15,474.09, the Nasdaq composite index was 2.98 points higher to 3,603.06 while the S&P 500 index rose one point to 1,681.19.Other data showed that U.S. retail sales increased last month. While overall sales were up, much of that increase was driven by higher gas prices and volatile auto sales. Core retail sales rose just 0.15 per cent, the weakest showing since January.The report from the Commerce Department showed some weakness at retail stores, particularly department stores.Citigroup turned in earnings of US$1.25 a share, ex-items, which beat analyst forecasts of $1.17. Its shares were up almost two per cent. Citigroup shares climbed 52 cents to $51.33.The strong showing followed earnings on Friday from JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo that also beat forecasts.There was also relief that a slowdown in China’s economic growth wasn’t as sharp as previously thought. The world’s second-largest economy grew 7.5 per cent from a year earlier in the second quarter, slowing from the previous quarter’s 7.7 per cent, as weak trade and a clampdown on lending took their toll.A clampdown on risky lending at state banks had contributed to worries that China’s growth might fall below seven per cent.Other data showed that growth in Chinese factory output slowed to 9.3 per cent for the first half of the year, down 0.2 percentage points from the first quarter’s rate. And retail sales growth decelerated to 12.7 per cent for the first quarter, declining by 1.7 percentage points from a year earlier.However, signs of slowing Chinese growth depressed other commodity prices. Oil retreated with the August contract on the Nymex down 30 cents to US$105.65 a barrel.Oil is up about 10 per cent so far this month, jolted higher by unexpectedly sharp drops in U.S. crude and gasoline inventories, which suggest stronger demand. The energy sector was up 0.04 per cent.The September copper contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down three cents to US$3.13 a pound. The base metals sector was off 0.4 per cent. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) declined 30 cents to $15.48.The utilities group was the strongest gainer next to the consumer staples group which houses Loblaw, Shoppers and George Weston, up 0.85 per cent. Just Energh Group (TSX:JE) rose 12 cents to $6.95.The industrials component was ahead 0.7 per cent as Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) advanced $1.23 to $132.96.The financials group was ahead 0.5 per cent while Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) improved by 24 cents to $18.20.The TSX gold sector was slightly lower while August bullion gained $5.90 to US$1,283.50 an ounce.Endeavour Silver Corp. (TSX:EDR) were up 30 cents or 8.89 per cent to $3.67 after the miner said it is adjusting its second quarter revenue upward, saying the figure reported on July 10 was 12 per cent lower than it should have been. The revised revenues for Q2 are $71.3 million, up 76 per cent from $40.5 million in the same quarter last year. The company attributes the change to the marking to market of certain concentrate sales that had already received final pricing during the quarter.North American markets ended last week with strong gains after U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke reassured markets that the U.S. needs a “highly accommodative monetary policy,” or low interest rates, for the foreseeable future. The Fed is buying $85 billion a month in bonds to keep interest rates low.In other corporate news, Fiera Properties Ltd., a joint-venture between Fiera Capital Corp. (TSX:FSZ) and Fiera Properties’ management team, is launching a diversified open-ended property fund. The Fiera Properties CORE Fund will be managed by Fiera Properties’ real estate portfolio management team. Fiera Capital shares added 13 cents to $12.08.European bourses advanced with London’s FTSE 100 index ahead 0.59 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX rose 0.17 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 was up 0.56 per cent.