Fernandinho gives Man City another blow as Pep Guardiola confirms leg injury


Pep Guardiola started his last Champions League campaign but suffered another injury blow. Already without a handful of frontline stars, the Manchester City boss sent Fernandinho as a late replacement, but the Brazilian quickly hampered with a leg injury that is expected to put him on the sidelines for more than a month. .

Guardiola said: “This is bad news. It was his leg and he will be out for four to six weeks.

“He will be away for a long time. It’s a big blow for us.

“It’s a busy schedule and we need all the players we can get.”

Kevin de Bruyne, Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus were among the missing in a 3-1 win over Porto and one of the scorers, Ilkay Gundogan, has not recovered from Covid for a long time.

Fernandinho and Pep as the Brazilian leaves

And Guardiola admitted that injury and illness issues affected the flow of his team.

“But it’s good to win tough games,” he said.

City went behind on a Luis Diaz goal before Sergio Aguero equalized from a penalty, Gundogan shot them in front with a free kick and Ferran Torres finished with a nice third.

But Gundogan admitted that City were struggling to find the rhythm.

He explained, “If I’m being honest, we’re struggling right now.

“Fernandinho left at the end and we have players playing in different positions.

City players celebrate Gundogan strike

“I am not there 100% because I had Covid, we are not all at the same time.

“That’s the challenge this season, it’s not going to end for a while.

“It’s going to be difficult for Pep to pick an XI because the players are going to be tired. ”

Fernandinho appears to have made an old thigh problem worse, but at least Guardiola has confirmed that De Bruyne and Laporte are expected to return to training on Thursday.

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