Manchester City are worried they could be without defender John Stones for around six weeks after he limped out of the win at Leicester with a hamstring injury.
The Citizens made it 11 wins from 12 matches in the Premier League as they saw off the Foxes 2-0 at the King Power Stadium but the gloss was somewhat taken off the win by the sight of Stones limping off after 31 minutes.
Boss Pep Guardiola revealed after the game that an initial assessment suggested the England international would be out of action for between four and six weeks, much to his disappointment.
“It is unfortunate for us and for John and I think he might be out for six weeks with that type of injury,” Guardiola said.
“We don’t have a lot of central defenders, but the spirit in the team – and with all the players – is good so we are going to find a solution.
“It is tough because the calendar is so demanding.”
Guardiola has had defensive injury problems all season, losing left-back Benjamin Mendy to a serious knee problem early on, while Vincent Kompany has missed a large chunk of the campaign with a calf injury.
The Belgian centre-half played just his fourth game of the season against Leicester at the weekend and looked rusty early on when diving in to a challenge on Jamie Vardy.
Foxes boss Claude Puel felt Kompany should have been sent off but Guardiola was full of praise for his performance, claiming he was impressed given how little action he has seen recently.
“I am really impressed because he’s had more than two months injured and had one international game against Gibraltar, and to play at that level shows how strong he is in his mind,” said Guardiola.
“In the last part of last season he came in and helped us a lot. Vince is a little mystery and hopefully he can be fit for the coming games.”
With Stones now sidelined, Eliaquim Mangala made a rare start for City alongside Otamendi when they beat Feyenoord 1-0 in the Champions League last night.
Abraham injury adds to Swansea woes
Swansea face an anxious wait to discover the extent of Tammy Abraham’s back injury after he was stretchered off during the 2-0 loss at Burnley.
The 20-year-old struggled during the course of the second half and eventually had to be replaced on after the problem became too much to overcome.
The sight of the on-loan Chelsea striker leaving the field only made a bad day for manager Paul Clement and the travelling fans worse after they went down to defeat for the sixth time in seven matches Premier League matches.
The Welsh outfit are one from bottom in the standings, two points from safety, and are 4/9 to be relegated.
Abraham had been the one bright spark in a difficult campaign for the Swans, scoring four of the club’s seven Premier League goals this season.
Clement will be desperate to have his star striker available as soon as possible given their struggles in front of goal, the former Derby boss admitting they need to break their current losing habit as soon as possible.
“As a side, we are playing under our potential and I have to find a way to break this cycle. We have to find a way to grind out a win and get the best out of our players,” said Clement.
“We’re not getting the results at the moment but they’re not far away and I see no reason why those results won’t come against Bournemouth next week.”
Clement is a man under pressure after recent results and is in desperate need of a win when fellow struggles Bournemouth come to town.
Swansea are 13/8 to get the better of the Cherries next Saturday, while Eddie Howe’s men are 17/10 to come out on top at the Liberty Stadium. The draw is 11/5.
Chadli injury leaves Pulis fuming
West Brom are set to be without Nacer Chadli for the foreseeable future after he picked up a thigh injury on his return from international duty.
Chadli has barely featured for the Baggies in the Premier League this season but started both of Belgium’s friendlies against Mexico and Japan earlier this month.
Former Tottenham star Chadli suffered the injury in training on Thursday 16 November and he is very unhappy that the midfielder was so heavily involved in Belgium’s two matches.
The WBA Managaer said that “We’re very disappointed that Chadli’s come back, having played two games for Belgium,” he said. “He missed pre-season, we played him in a couple of games, but he didn’t feel 100 per cent fit.
“I think him going off to play for Belgium, and to play in the two games for the full 90 minutes in a short period of time, has unfortunately caught him out. He’s had a scan and he’s got a tear.”
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