Pep Guardiola is in a deep crisis, as Haaland and Kovacic are uncertain about their chances of beating Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Manchester City won the treble in the Premier League last season, but Pep guardiola’s team is currently struggling with injuries. Erling haaland, the prolific striker of Manchester City, was sidelined with an ankle injury. He missed Norway’s Euro Qualifier against Scotland. Mateo Kovacic also suffered a quad injury. This could be a major setback as the Citizens are set to face Liverpool in the Premier League next week. Take a look below at City’s injuries.
Haaland’s availability for Man City’s next Premier League match against Liverpool on November 25 is in doubt. The Norwegian striker has 17 goals in 18 appearances across all competitions, for the Citizens. He has also scored thirteen times in the Premier League, with four assists.
The 27-year-old reported a ‘discomfort’ to Spain’s medical staff this week, who subsequently left the star out of the squad to face Cyprus on Thursday. Rodri was a vital player for City in this season. The team lost all three games he missed when he had been suspended.
The Athletic reports that Kovacic has suffered a recurring quad injury. He is expected to be out for two to four weeks. The Croatian international withdrew from Euro Qualifiers in Latvia and Armenia. The Croatian player was a sub in City’s Premier League draw against Chelsea (4-4). In September 2022, the same injury sidelined him three weeks.
Ake pulled out of the Netherlands team for Euro Qualifiers, 2024. The Dutch defender missed City’s most recent Premier League match against Chelsea. Both Ronald Koeman, the manager of the Netherlands, and Pep Guardiola, the manager of Man City have declined to comment about Ake’s injury. Ake’s return is not guaranteed. Since signing for City, in 2020 the defender has suffered from injury, missing 38 matches for both club as well as country.
Nunes was deemed not ‘fit enough’ to feature for Portugal in the recent international break. “The midfielder will not be able to play in Portugal’s two matches.” Matheus Nunes, after tests, was declared clinically unfit to play against Liechtenstein and Iceland. It is not known if the midfielder will play against Liverpool.
Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne is a long-term absentee in this season. De Bruyne was out of action for a long time after he injured his hamstring in the Premier League at the start of the season. The Belgian has made good progress, but Guardiola doesn’t want to rush his return. De Bruyne is yet to run or train with the team but it’s been reported that he’ll be back in January.