Pep Guardiola has shared a massive blow for Manchester City ahead of Saturday’s game against West Ham by telling reporters that Fernandinho is set to be out for 4-6 weeks with a leg injury, as quoted by the Daily Star.
City visit a resurgent Hammers side on Saturday and David Moyes will be confident that his team can take something from the game at the London Stadium.
Guardiola and his players certainly won’t be relishing a trip to east London this weekend.
West Ham produced a thrilling comeback against Tottenham on Sunday. Having trailed 3-0 with just 10 minutes left to play, the east London outfit came back to draw 3-3 after a wonder goal from Manuel Lanzini in the 94th minute.
Manchester City, meanwhile, have beaten Arsenal and Porto in their last two outings. Pep Guardiola’s men have looked far from impervious, however.
And Guardiola shared a big injury blow for his team, when speaking to reporters last night, as quoted via the Daily Star:
“It’s bad news (on Fernandinho). It was his leg and he will be out for four to six weeks out. He will be out for a long time. It’s a big blow for us. We get players back and others we lose. In three days we go to London (to face West Ham) and then to France to play Marseilles and then Sheffield United. It’s so demanding the schedule, so we need all the players.”
City are already without Kevin De Bruyne, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus for Saturday’s trip to West Ham.
So losing someone with the stature, leadership skills and quality of Fernandinho will be an undoubtedly massive blow for Guardiola and co.
West Ham are buoyant, buzzing and fearless at the moment.
Perhaps City will be the next victim of David Moyes’s new look Hammers? Who knows. But we will surely give them more of a game than we have done in recent years at the London Stadium.