It seems that fate has struck an awful blow to Manchester, with both Mancunian clubs facing long-term injury troubles.
Pep Guardiola, in a press conference ahead of his side’s clash with Chelsea, confirmed three fresh woes. The first and the biggest of these is the loss of striker Sergio Aguero, who was involved in an accident in Amsterdam on Thursday, and has reportedly broken a rib. He will most certainly miss the match against Chelsea, and might be out for perhaps a month on the sidelines, although the full extent is still unknown.
Guardiola had this to say about it: “Of course it was an accident; fortunately he’ll come back and recover as soon as possible. I have not spoken to him yet. I was busy this morning preparing the training and other things. I’ll speak to him after. I know he’s ok. He’s ok that’s the most important thing. He’ll recover asap.”
However, the same cannot be said of Benjamin Mendy, who will be out for a long time. Guardiola reckoned that the newly signed defender will be out till “our Champions League semi-final,” which would place the time frame of recovery till somewhere around late April.
The loss of the young full-back is a tremendous blow, as the Spanish tactician was undoubtedly eager in ensuring that the 23-year-old would aid their defensive troubles. He also confirmed another major defensive injury, concerning club captain Vincent Kompany.
According to Pep, the centre-back, who was called up to the Belgian national team for the international break, has “no way” of making it to the squad that shall face Chelsea. As for the call-up, Guardiola went on to explain that it was a mere meeting with his fellow teammates, and not for training purposes, as he wasn’t fit enough just yet.
City currently sit atop the Premier League table, tied on points with United, but placed at number one due to their superior goal difference. However, with the long list of vital players out of action, it remains to be seen if they can stay there for long.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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