Manchester Metropolis have been dealt an additional damage blow with the information that veteran midfielder Fernandinho is ready to be dominated for as much as six weeks.
Fernandinho got here on instead in the course of the UEFA Champions League conflict in opposition to FC Porto, however managed to play solely 4 minutes.
Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy are additionally sidelined for a time frame for Manchester Metropolis, who on Thursday, welcomed Kevin de Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte again to coaching.
“It’s dangerous information,” Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola was quoted as saying by ESPN.
“It is going to be 4 to 6 weeks out. With this quantity of video games we want individuals right here however it’s what it’s.”
Nathan Ake, too, did not play the sport in opposition to Porto, however Guardiola was hopeful that the Dutchman’s absence was solely precautionary, and never indicative of an even bigger damage, like Jesus’s or Mendy’s.
Solely final week, Manchester Metropolis welcomed Sergio Aguero again into the first-team fold, when the Argentine began the 1-0 win over Arsenal within the Premier League.
Manchester Metropolis face damage disaster with mounting fixture checklist
Guardiola’s issues over the health of his gamers come amidst a interval when Manchester Metropolis play as soon as in three days each week, because the Cityzens juggle Premier League and Champions League worldwide break.
Earlier than the subsequent worldwide break, Manchester Metropolis face West Ham, Marseille, Sheffield United, Olympiakos and Liverpool.
“We’ll begin with Kevin and Laporte coaching however I do not understand how they’re going to come again,” Guardiola stated.
“We get gamers again and others we lose. In three days we go to London after which to France to play Marseille after which Sheffield. It is so demanding and we want all of the gamers again.”
Along with the damage disaster, Guardiola additionally spoke about the way forward for Eric Garcia, who has been linked with a transfer again to his native Barcelona.
Garcia’s contract expires on the finish of the season, and he has made it clear that he would need to return to Barcelona. However Guardiola has not dominated out the potential of convincing the younger Spaniard to signal a brand new contract at Manchester Metropolis.
“I do know he needed to depart, perhaps we will seduce him to increase with us,” Guardiola stated.
“He is a man who’s so secure in lots of issues and we’re so comfortable to have him right here.”
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