Manchester City dropped their first points away from home in the Premier League this season today after being held 0-0 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Justice was served when Ederson saved a penalty after a Wilfried Zaha dive led to it, but City were well below par overall and wasteful with their chances.
The other disappointment today was nasty-looking injuries to Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne, both of which looked serious.
Jesus lasted just 23 minutes before going off in tears, while De Bruyne was scythed down by Jason Puncheon in the latter stages of the match and stretchered off.
After the game, Pep Guardiola told BT Sport that Jesus will “hopefully [be out] one month or two months”, suggesting we won’t see the young Brazilian for a while. Given Jesus’ response – he seemed to think it was very serious – this may be considered good news.
On De Bruyne, Pep wasn’t as sure and said “I don’t know.”
An encouraging sign however, is that BT Sport stated that De Bruyne told reporters that he “is okay”.
The 26-year-old, so instrumental to City’s form this season, was able to put weight on his leg and walked gingerly around the pitch after full-time.
— City Watch (@City_Watch) December 31, 2017
14:50 UPDATE: A slightly more optimistic outlook by Pep on Jesus at his press conference, with the City boss saying: “Gabriel will be out for a little more than one month, we hope. Kevin we will see tomorrow.”
15:00 UPDATE: Gabriel Jesus leaves Selhurst Park on crutches, but KDB doesn’t need them and is just walking carefully.
— Joao Castelo-Branco (@j_castelobranco) December 31, 2017
— Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland) December 31, 2017