Rodri and Jack Grealish of Manchester City are one yellow card away from a Premier League suspension if they get warned in Saturday’s game against Liverpool.
Players who receive five bookings in their club’s first 19 league matches must sit out the next match. Following the meeting against Liverpool, City’s next Premier League match is against Tottenham on December 3rd, followed by a trip to Aston Villa three days later.
Rodri made headlines in City’s most recent game when he felled former Blues teammate Cole Palmer in the 72nd minute of a 4-4 tie with Chelsea. He was also given a yellow card against Fulham, West Ham, and Brighton.
After being sent off for aggressive behaviour in City’s 2-0 September win over Nottingham Forest, the 27-year-old has already served a three-game suspension across all competitions this season.
The Treble winners were defeated in all three games Rodri was absent from, including a 1-0 League Cup loss to Newcastle, a 2-1 Premier League defeat to Wolves, and a 1-0 league defeat to Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Grealish’s four Premier League yellow cards appear to be related. All but one have been displayed late in the game’s added time, including one for a skirmish towards the finish of City’s defeat to Wolves.
Bookings occurred in stoppage time against Forest and Chelsea, while his yellow card against Brighton came in the 84th minute. They all happened after he was called in as a substitute.
Grealish has not had a Premier League punishment since March 2015, while he was with Aston Villa. He has yet to be barred from attending a Manchester City game in any competition.
Both he and Rodri will be walking a narrow line for the next seven Premier League games, after which the threshold rises to ten yellow cards, resulting in a two-game ban if reached before the club’s 32nd gameweek.