Guendogan joins Manchester City FC’s injured list –


Manchester City FC’s injury problems worsen ahead of a crucial week of big games with the news that Ilkay Guendogan is the latest player to need treatment.

City boss Pep Guardiola has hinted that the German midfielder is healing a problem after Saturday’s goalless draw against Southampton.

Guardiola was already without John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and Oleksandr Zinchenko against the Saints.

City will face a series of tough away games with Chelsea on September 25, Paris St Germain on September 28 and Liverpool FC on October 3, all over a nine-day span.

Guardiola insists his injury list is so bad he has no choice but to play several of his youngsters when the club start their trophy defense against the Third Division team.

“I have no other alternative,” said the Spaniard. “We are going to face a few young players. Some first team players but some players need to rest for the three games ahead.

“Some academy players are going to play because we have John, Ayme (Laporte), Aleks (Zinchenko), Rodri, I think Guendogan, all injured.

“We’ll see because we don’t have four or five days to prepare and make a good selection but it’s an opportunity for the academy – that’s why they’re here.

“Now we are going to play the Carabao Cup. We will see how many people will recover for the next few days because we are in just difficult conditions.

“But we’ll go there and London, Paris and Liverpool to play good games.”

When news of Rodri and Zinchenko’s injuries broke ahead of the Southampton game, Guardiola said he was unsure how long either player would be out.

He said Stones and Laporte were already uncertain about the trip to Chelsea this weekend.

Guardiola has also ruled out Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo as they are the only players to have played every minute of every game so far this season.

Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Ferran Torres and Riyad Mahrez were all on the bench against the Saints and could enter the squad against Wycombe.

Academy youngsters Luke Mbete, Joshua Wilson-Esbrand, Romeo Lavia, Cole Palmer, Liam Delap, James McAtee and Sam Edozie are also expected to compete for the starting spots.

Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara will miss at least the next two matches due to a calf problem suffered against Crystal Palace this weekend.

The Spain international is unlikely to have appeared in the League Cup game in Norwich on Tuesday, but he will also miss the Premier League trip to Brentford on Saturday.

“I can’t say now how long it will take, but certainly not tomorrow and not this weekend,” assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders said.

dpa / NAN.

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