Manchester City regained second spot in the English Premier League following a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.
John Stones started in favour of Rodrigo, who was forced off before halftime in City’s 5-1 thrashing of Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League in midweek.
Expectantly the Citizens made the promising start following the first five minutes, with Gabriel Jesus dragging an assist from Ilkay Gundogan wide of target from close range.
Villa threatened from the counterattack at the midway stage as Ederson spilled John McGinn’s shot into the path of Jack Grealish, but the Brazilian recovered to smother the attempt.
David Silva failed to put City ahead four minutes to halftime as he dragged an inviting ball from the left by Benjamin Mendy wide of the bottom corner, bringing the half to a close in the process.
The deadlocked was broken a minute from halftime when Raheem Sterling ran on to a Jesus flick on to beat Tom Heaton from the near post.
Tyrone Mings recovered strongly after 55 minutes to clear Jesus attempt of the goal-line with Heaton well beaten from close range.
City increased their tally while Villa remained edged in the contest on 65 minutes as Kevin De Bruyne curled into the far corner from the far side, with the Video Assistant Referee approving the strike.
The Citizens grabbed a third three minutes later after Gundogan finished on the rebound after Sterling’s effort rattled the left hand post.
With game pretty much in the bag, City introduced Sergio Aguero and Phil Foden in the final 14 minutes as Pep Guardiola looked to shore up the result.
City finished with ten-man three minutes before fulltime after Fernandinho earned a second yellow following a poor challenge in the middle of the park.
Guardiola’s side however claimed the points to go back into second place ahead of Leicester City, as Villa threatened a consolation late on while Jesus hit the crossbar.