Manchester City injury problems are mounting ahead of a crucial week of big matches. The news is that Ilkay Gundogan is the latest player needing treatment.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hinted that the German midfielder Gundogan was nursing a problem following Saturday’s goalless draw with Southampton.City boss Guardiola was already without John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and Oleksandr Zinchenko against Saints.
Citizens face a tough run of away games with Chelsea (September 25), Paris St Germain (September 28) and Liverpool (October 3) all coming within nine days. But first, host Wycombe in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
Guardiola insists his injury list is so bad that he has no choice. But playing several of his youngsters when the club begins the defence of their trophy against the League One side. Gundogan was vital for Manchester City last season.
Ilkay Gundogan won’t be available Manchester City’s main fixtures due to injury
“I don’t have another alternative,” said the Spaniard. “We are going to play a few young players. Some first-team players but some players must rest for the three games we have ahead of us.
Now we are going to play in the Carabao Cup. But we will be going there to London, Paris and Liverpool for good games,” said Pep Guardiola in an interview.
The news regarding the injuries to Rodri and Zinchenko broke ahead of the Southampton game. Guardiola said that he doesn’t know how long either player will be out. But Stones and Laporte are already doubtful about the trip to Chelsea this weekend. Guardiola is also ruling out Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo, as they are the only players playing every minute of every game so far this season.
Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Ferran Torres and Riyad Mahrez were on the bench against Saints and could come into the team against Wycombe. But academy youngsters Luke Mbete, Joshua Wilson-Esbrand, Romeo Lavia, Cole Palmer, Liam Delap, James McAtee and Sam Edozie are also set to come into contention for starting places.
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