Four players will miss Manchester City’s match against Sheffield United, according to Guardiola.
Four Manchester City players will miss Saturday’s Premier League matchup against Sheffield United, according to confirmation from Pep Guardiola.
Earlier on Friday, the 52-year-old revealed the information during his press conference.
So, what was said by Pep Guardiola? Let’s examine this.
Pep Guardiola verifies the absence of four Manchester City players.
The Blades are now in last place in the Premier League with nine points, but the Citizens should have enough firepower to defeat them, even though they will be without Erling Haaland, Jeremy Doku, Kevin De Bruyne, and now John Stones.
The Manchester Evening News quotes Guardiola as saying, “Nothing changed from the last game.” Along with John Stones, we have the same injured players (Haaland, Doku, and De Bruyne).
For certain members of the quartet, the term “injured” can be interpreted broadly.
The three players are still not match fit, while De Bruyne, Doku, and Haaland have already been seen returning to the training field. They have also been observed participating in FIFA Club World Cup practices in Saudi Arabia, sometimes with teammates and other times on their own.
Stones, on the other hand, cannot even workout because he injured his ankle on Wednesday and had to leave Goodison Park wearing a protective boot.
Manchester City will suffer a great loss without John Stones when they play Sheffield United.
Guardiola would obviously be happy to have De Bruyne, Haaland, and Doku return, but losing Stones may be the Spanish manager’s biggest grievance.
The England international is the only player at Manchester City who can play the hybrid midfield position as well.
Manuel Akanji has attempted to do so but has not succeeded.
With Rodri at his side, Stones’s quickness and poise are crucial in this peculiar role, which requires him to play as an attacking midfielder, defensive midfielder, or centre defender depending on where the ball is.
The remainder of the Premier League will be in serious trouble if Guardiola regains control of the Manchester City No. 5 and his other three superstars.