Bacary Sagna injured on international duty with France

Pep Guardiola could welcome back Vincent Kompany, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph after the international break, with Kevin De Bruyne to follow after, but as is so often the case in football, as some return, others are injured.

Bacary Sagna conceded a penalty, set up an equaliser, then went off injured for France in the opening 26 minutes of their 4-1 win over Bulgaria tonight.

The 33-year-old looked in discomfort and was consoled by France boss Didier Deschamps as he hobbled off.

Following the game, Sagna told the press that he thinks he felt a tear in his thigh, which could rule him out of action for a while.

Sagna will undergo tests tomorrow, but he will play no further part for France during the current international break.

For Guardiola, this could be a major concern. Pablo Zabaleta appears to be in decline and could not cope with the pace and intensity of Spurs, and with matches against Everton, Barcelona and Manchester United coming up, City’s fixtures will continue to be challenging.

19-year-old Pablo Maffeo has been on the fringes of the first-team this season, featuring in the second leg of the Champions League qualifier against Steaua, so could receive a call-up if Sagna is sidelined for a while.

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