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Pellegrini Looks Ahead and Discusses Injury Crisis

Manchester City face Bournemouth on Saturday

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The Premier League's two most injury-plagued sides meet on Tuesday. AFC Bournemouth, newly promoted and led by one of England's most regarded Managers in Eddie Howe has seen arguably four its five most influential players go down this season with long-term injuries. Callum Wilson, Max Gradel, Tyrone Mings and Tommy Elphick are all will be out of action until at least February.

Despite having a much bigger budget, Manchester City has similar injury woes. Manager Manuel Pellegrini addressed some of them with the media on Friday.

Among the injuries addressed were those to Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Fabian Delph, Gael Clichy, Aleks Kolarov, Fernando, Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure.

"Sergio has a muscle injury - it's an important injury so I don't think he will be back before one month," Pellegrini said.

"Silva has a kick in his ankle - he's also out. Delph and Clichy continue to recover with old injuries. Kolarov also has a hamstring injury.

"We'll see how they [Aleks and David] improve in the next week - I hope both of them can be back in 15 days.

"Yaya and Samir are both recovered - Fernando had a small problem in his knee but he's recovered.

"Delph maybe one week more he will be working with the squad."

City vs Bournemouth kicks off at 3pm BST at the Etihad Stadium.