Eliaquim Mangala was forced off after 81 minutes during Manchester City’s Carabao Cup win over Leicester City on Tuesday after suffering damage to the nose.
Mangala was contesting a header and suffered a blow to his nose, which led to continuous bleeding that the team doctors struggled to stop, and he had to be replaced by Kyle Walker.
There was little news about the 26-year-old after the match, but Jonathan Smith of ESPN has provided an update, saying Mangala did in fact break his nose during the challenge.
The French international has been training in a protective mask since, but the good news is he is OK to face Bournemouth tomorrow, and may not even need his mask.
Apparently Mangala broke his nose against Leicester but is fine to play against Bournemouth. He’s been training in a protective mask but might not need it tomorrow.
— Jonathan Smith (@jonnysmiffy) December 22, 2017
Mangala started the season as fourth-choice centre-back, but has seen plenty of game time lately with Vincent Kompany again injured and John Stones also missing the entire festive period of games.
Guardiola said during his pre-Bournemouth press conference on Friday afternoon that Kompany is just days away from a return, with Stones soon to follow. That may give Mangala a decision to make in January if he still has ambitions of making France’s World Cup squad.
City are still looking for another centre-back, with Southampton star Virgil van Dijk the hot name in the rumour mill right now, and that would essentially demote Mangala to fifth choice if Kompany can stay fit for a prolonged period of time.
Ligue 1 side Bordeaux have expressed interest in taking Mangala on loan in January should he decide to seek regular game time elsewhere.
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