- Fernandinho and Nathan Ake have joined Man City growing injury list
- Ake did not partake in their 3-1 win over Porto while the Brazilian played just five minutes
- Gabriel Jesus, Laporte and a few others are also out injured ahead of their game vs West Ham this weekend
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Fernandinho could be out of action for up to four to six weeks.
The Brazilian was forced out of their Champions League 3-1 victory over Portuguese side FC Porto due to a muscle injury barely five minutes after coming on as a substitute.
This came hours after Nathan Ake picked up a groin injury and was not part of the match played at the Etihad Stadium.
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The Citizens now have about six first-team players out injured ahead of their Premier League encounter against West Ham this weekend.
Aymeric Laporte, Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy have earlier been ruled out before both Ake and Fernandinho were added to the list.
Though De Bruyne and Laporte are expected to commence training on Thursday, October 22, they may however not be a part of the game. Guardiola said:
"It is bad news with Fernandinho. He has a problem in his leg, he could be out for four or six weeks.
"We are getting players coming back and now we lose some others. In three days we go to London, then three days it’s Marseille and then three days it’s Sheffield United.
"It’s so demanding the schedule and we need all the players. It’s a short recovery. We did the perfect performance in the second half tonight. Porto are a really good team. It’s nice to win games while suffering."
Ilkay Gundogan also expresses fears ahead of City's busy schedule with a number of their senior players out injured. He said:
"If I am being honest, we are struggling a little bit with Fernandinho going off.
"We have players in different conditions, I am not 100 percent there because of (contracting) Covid. We are all in different moments, and it will not end for a while, but we have enough quality players so Pep will not have a problem to pick players."
Guardiola understands that his squad will take time recapturing their form and took a swipe at the Premier League’s three substitutes rule.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Man City kicked off their Champions League campaign on a winning note after they cruised to a 3-1 win over FC Porto on Wednesday night, October 21.
Goals from Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres were enough to earn City a comfortable victory in their Group C opener.
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The match saw Raheem Sterling once again captain the Citizens, just days after he led them to a 1-0 win over Arsenal last weekend in the Premier League.
City's strong lineup saw the nearly score an opener inside nine minutes of gameplay against Porto after Cancelo set up Sterling who fluffed his chance after Mbemba's interception.
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