David Silva will miss the final Champions League Group F game with a hamstring knock picked up against Chelsea, and he joins Kevin De Bruyne, Danilo, Sergio Aguero, Benjamin Mendy and Claudio Bravo on the sidelines.
Manchester City are down to just 15 fit senior players ahead of Wednesday’s game at home to Hoffenheim, according to Pep Guardiola.
The boss says Aguero may be back in time to face Everton on Saturday, but admits Silva could be out for “a few weeks”.
Manchester City are in a run of 14 games in 44 days, Guardiola would ideally have options available to rotate his side in the coming weeks.
With progression to the last-16 already confirmed, many felt Wednesday’s game against Hoffenheim would provide an opportunity to do just that.
But Guardiola dismissed rotating his deck for the visit to the German side, saying he simply doesn’t have the players available to do so. Telling the ManCity.com-
“We have 15 players available, so I can’t do it too much,” he said.
We have 15 players tomorrow it’s a really tough game. We are in next stage which is important but we have to try and win every game, to finish first.
Time to play the kids! With so many injuries it’s time for players like Phil Foden, who just re-signed with the team, and Brahim Diaz to get some time.
I do agree with Guardiola in one aspect, we need to finish first in the group. It’s the standard he put us on and one we need to maintain.
Plus, it will help avoid some tougher first place finishers like FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich to name a few.