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Manchester City face left-back crisis as Fabian Delph leaves Anfield on crutches

Manchester City have lost Fabian Delph for what Pep Guardiola described “as a while” and the situation looked grim with the 28-year-old leaving Anfield on crutches with his right knee in a brace.

Delph has always been vulnerable to injuries and City may now have to rely on Danilo, who is more convincing in his natural right-back role than on the opposite flank, and the inexperienced Oleksandr Zinchenko to cover the position.

Another option is to dip into the transfer market and a number of left-backs have been linked in recent months, including Espanyol’s Aarón Martín, Ryan Bertrand of Southampton, and Augsburg’s assist king Philipp Max. All three could be attainable in January, and if City lose out on Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, there will surely be funds available.

Delph has been a revelation at left-back this season after Benjamin Mendy suffered a serious injury in the early weeks of the campaign, and has put in admirable performances throughout the season.

While there is no exact timeframe for his return yet, it doesn’t look to be an injury he can recover from in a week and City seem poised to be without the England international for a while.

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