Man City Team News: Pep Confirms Injury Boost But Key Man To Miss Liverpool Clash
Manchester City looks forward to maintaining their unbeaten race from start to the new season when they will be entertaining Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.
Pep Guardiola was in talk with the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he gave the reporters the team news and updates on injury.
Pep was able to confirm a major injury blow when he shared the news on skipper Vincent Kompany been ruled out of the game tomorrow after suffering a fresh calf injury.
Pep Guardiola said: “I think he will not be able [to play] tomorrow. It will be short term, but I think for the next time he will not be able to play.” ‘Independent news’.
It came as a blow to the captain, who had returned to Man City’s team at the end of last season following three years of injury problems.
Skipper Kompany had started in City’s last 11 matches, which has been his longest run for three years, but also looks like he’s set to miss out on Saturday.
Kompany got his latest injury while away on international duty playing for Belgium this week, although Guardiola describes the issue as a minor one, it is still major enough to make him miss the visit of Liverpool.
Guardiola added: “I am sad. I would like him to be fit.
“He made a huge effort, our physios and people worked a lot to take care of him, so the last seven, eight or nine games of last season he played without problems for 90 minutes.” ‘Independent news’.
However, the City boss had more positive news regarding his midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, as he is now considered fit and available for selection this weekend.
The midfielder has been on the sidelines for almost ten months after the German International had suffered a serious knee injury last season but he’s back in training and in contention to face Liverpool.
“He [Kompany] played with Belgium against Gibraltar. They won 9-0. He had a little problem in his calf. I think he will not be able for tomorrow.”
“It will be short [his absence]. The next time he will be able to play. I’m sad. I would like him to be fit.
“He made a huge effort, our physios worked a lot to take care of him, so the last seven, eight, nine games of the season he played without problem for 90 mins.
“This season we take care of him, he played three games 90 minutes. Now was the period of three games a week and unfortunately we lost him. We will try to recover as soon as possible.
“He [Gundogan] has trained with us in the last two weeks, three weeks,” he said. “He is part of the group.”