Pep Guardiola admits Manchester Metropolis’s lengthening harm record is a priority as they put together for a gruelling schedule of three away video games within the house of eight days. Wednesday’s 3-1 Champions League win over Porto ended on a bitter notice as substitute Fernandinho limped off within the closing levels and the veteran Brazilian is predicted to overlook 4 to 6 weeks with a muscular downside. Summer season signing Nathan Ake was lacking from the match squad with what Guardiola described as a niggle in his groin.
Aymeric Laporte and Kevin De Bruyne have been due again in coaching on Thursday, however sources are stretched forward of every week during which Metropolis will journey to West Ham, Marseille and Sheffield United earlier than dealing with Olympiakos at dwelling on November 3.
“On Thursday we’ll begin with Kevin and Laporte coaching once more, however I do not know the way they’re going to come again,” Guardiola mentioned.
“We get gamers again and others we lose. In three days we go to London (to play West Ham) after which to France to play Marseille (on Tuesday) after which Sheffield (on Saturday). It is so demanding.”
With Ake out, Guardiola turned to Eric Garcia because the want-away 19-year-old made his third look of the season, leaving John Stones to make do with a late substitute look after Fernandinho’s harm.
Garcia is needed by Barcelona and has mentioned he won’t signal a brand new contract with Metropolis earlier than his current deal expires subsequent 12 months, however Guardiola has not given up hope of maintaining the participant.
“I do know he desires to depart, however possibly we will seduce him to increase his contract with us,” Guardiola mentioned with a smile. “He’s a man who’s so steady in lots of, many issues and I am so comfortable (with him).”
Ilkay Gundogan, who discovered the web with a free-kick, is amongst those that have already missed time for Metropolis this season and mentioned he was not but again at full velocity after testing constructive for Covid-19 final month.
“If I am trustworthy, we’re struggling just a little bit with accidents and to lose Fernandinho in direction of the top of the sport is one other blow,” he mentioned.
“There are others, after all, plus some who’ve simply come again and I actually am not totally there but after having Covid-19.”
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