Fernandinho will be a big loss for Manchester City (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester City may have lifted the Carabao Cup trophy on Sunday, but they suffered injuries to two key players in Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho.
Both players suffered muscular injuries during the contest with Chelsea, which City went on to win on penalties after a goalless draw.
Antonio Rudiger speaks out on Kepa row after having to hold back Maurizio SarriPep Guardiola’s side are still competing in three competitions as they look to add the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League to their League Cup win.
However, they are going to be missing the defender and midfielder for a number of matches after their Wembley injuries.
Aymeric Laporte has been a key figure for City this season (Picture: Getty Images)‘Laporte felt something in the last action of the first half, and Fernandinho felt something muscular,’ said Guardiola. ‘So I think it will be weeks out.’
The Spaniard blamed the club’s hectic schedule for the significant injury problems he now has to deal with.
Laporte and Fernandinho join the likes of John Stones, Benjamin Mendy, Fabian Delph and Gabriel Jesus on the sidelines, although all four are nearing a return to action.
‘Usually there is one cup competition, here there are two,’ Guardiola continued. ‘In the beginning of the season it’s a chance to give people rhythm and minutes. But for the next competitions, it’s so tough.
‘But it’s normal. A lot of games. We demand a lot of these players. Look at [Manchester] United today. It’s not exclusive with Manchester City. We demand a lot of the players, the pitches aren’t good, the weather, the ball is even not good. So people fall down.
‘I’m still impressed how they can still play games without any injuries but, in the end, it happens. There are fewer games in other countries. We play Schalke with important players not playing, but I trust our squad. We will find a solution.’
City are back in action on Wednesday night in the Premier League at home to West Ham before travelling to Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.
The Premier League champions don’t take on Schalke in the Champions League last 16 second leg until Tuesday 12 March.
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