Manchester City will be without arguably their most irreplaceable player, midfielder Fernandinho, for the “next games”, Pep Guardiola revealed in his post-match press conference after the Blues won the Carabao Cup tonight.
The 32-year-old Brazilian was forced off after 52 minutes, clutching his hamstring, creating fears among City fans because the club does not have a natural replacement for him in the ‘No. 6’ role.
And Pep confirmed that the player faces a spell on the sidelines, although it won’t be known until tomorrow how long.
“For the next games I think (Fernandinho) will be out. We will see tomorrow the extent of the injury but he is a big big loss for us.”
Ferna will certainly miss the league games against Arsenal and Chelsea coming up, then it remains to be seen if he’ll be back to face FC Basel or Stoke City.
Guardiola added that City had “a problem” finding a replacement for Fernandinho. Yaya Touré is one possibility, but his lack of mobility has shown when he has played this season.
Ilkay Gündoğan could be moved back but isn’t known for his defensive skills, Kevin De Bruyne was moved back today, while defenders Danilo or John Stones could also be used in the position if Pep feels he is short on options.
City are expected to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred in the summer, which will give Fernandinho not only someone to rotate with, but a long-term successor.