Pep Guardiola claims Manchester City have an “emergency in the squad” ahead of their clash against Aston Villa tomorrow night.
Ferran Torres looks set to miss the Premier League clash at Villa with a foot problem, while influential defender Aymeric Laporte is out through suspension.
The brilliant Kevin de Bruyne will not be available as despite testing negative after a bout of Covid-19, he has yet to train with the squad.
Attacking duo Phil Foden and Jack Grealish are also doubts and Guardiola said: “We are in an emergency in the squad. We have few, few, few people. Ayme is out [suspended],” said Guardiola.
“We never complain when it is not possible for players to play for injuries or red cards, I trust a lot in the squad and other players come in but we are in real trouble for December – the toughest month of the year – because we have few few players. Kevin is back but he needs time to be fit.
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“All the people who had Covid explain that they are drained and tired and need time, and Kevin is a player who needs to be fit otherwise he cannot show his top quality. Phil and Jack are still in the same situation.
“Maybe tomorrow they can play but not a lot of minutes. We are going to see after they train today with the doctors and physios. The rest, we have just 14, 15, players. We are in a difficult position because a lot of players play a lot of minutes. We will see what happens after training today.”
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But Guardiola’s comments sparked derision on social media as fans from all clubs had their say on Twitter.
One said: “Give it a rest Pep. If that’s an emergency then what’s having 13 fit players out of 22 with no cash to play with in the 3rd tier.”
Another added: “If only Pep had gone out and spent some money on players in the last few transfer windows he wouldn’t have this problem in December.”
And one more supporter said: “My heart bleeds. Man City have 32 1st team players on the books, spent well over £100 million on players last summer and have 34 players out on loan, including 3 first-teamers. No sympathy.”
Another rounded off by saying: “Most expensive squad in the history of football. “Emergency”. Joker is that Pep fella.”