Pep Guardiola has been speaking to the press ahead of Manchester City’s trip to Stamford Bridge tomorrow where they face champions Chelsea, and has had plenty to talk about – unfortunately much of it bad news.
First of all, the boss confirmed that Benjamin Mendy will be out until the time of the Champions League semi-finals, meaning April 2018. That will mean the Frenchman is out for 5 or 6 months.
“Mendy will be operated on this afternoon in Barcelona and will be out until the time of the semi-final of the Champions League,” Guardiola told the press.
Sergio Aguero has confirmed he has broken a rib following a car accident in Amsterdam last night and Pep also seemed to back that up.
“Aguero has had an accident in Amsterdam and he will be back after that. I am not a doctor. He will come back and recover as soon as possible.
“Have I spoken with Aguero? No not yet. I have been preparing training. I will speak to him today. First impression is he has broken his rib.”
There are some fans less than happy that City’s star striker was overseas at a gig so close to the big match against Chelsea, but Pep insists he has no problem with his plays having fun on their days off – even before a crunch clash like this Saturday’s.
“The day off is to be happy. I am a trainer who doesn’t want to train every day because they need to rest, mentally and physically.”
And what about Vincent Kompany? The club captain has been called up by Belgium for international duty, despite not even being fit to play for City. Guardiola completely shut down the idea of him featuring for the Red Devils during the break.
“Kompany didn’t make one training session with us for one month. He will meet with Belgium doctors and come back. He won’t play.”
Before the 10:30pm embargoed portion of the press conference, Pep was quizzed about if he’d sign a left-back in January or perhaps even recall Angeliño from NAC Breda, with Mendy sidelined for so long. The boss was coy on the subject.
“We have a short break after the Chelsea game. We will see. Now is not time to think about that (signing a new left-back).”