Man City have been plunged into a major defensive crisis for West Ham clash with one semi fit centre-back after new injury blows.
As reported earlier this week, Manchester City were already missing three of their four first choice defenders for West Ham with Ruben Dias, Kyle Walker and John Stones all ruled out for the remainder of the season.
There is plenty at stake for both West Ham and Manchester City at the London Stadium on Sunday.
The Hammers know they will go above Man United into sixth place – a Europa League spot – with a win.
And for Pep Guardiola’s side there is the small matter of the Premier League title being on the line.
But Man City have now been plunged into a major crisis for the West Ham clash with one semi fit centre-back available after new injury blows.
Man City plunged into major crisis for West Ham clash with one semi fit centre-back after new injury blows
City beat Wolves 5-1 on Wednesday night to go three points clear of Liverpool at the top and all but guarantee West Ham European football next season in the process.
But it came at a cost as City saw both Aymeric Laporte and stand-in centre back Fernandinho forced off with injuries.
Nathan Ake – who has been described as semi fit after being rushed back to action – is now City’s only available centre half for the trip to face West Ham.
And they will likely have to play midfielder Rodri in defence after he filled in for the closing stages against Wolves.
West Ham still have plenty to worry about at the other end of course given City’s glittering array of attacking talent.
But there were signs in the Wolves game that Man City are there to be got at as a result of their defensive injury crisis.
With Michail Antonio returning to goal scoring form and Jarrod Bowen on fire this season hopes will be high for a perfect send off for West Ham captain Mark Noble.
And David Moyes has been boosted ahead of the game with West Ham insiders claiming the Scot’s three big injury doubts Said Benrahma, Craig Dawson and Antonio should all be fit for the match.