Four key Manchester City stars appeared to be missing from the club’s post-match training session, as per a new piece of footage released on the club’s official website on Thursday night.
Fans were left concerned after the club revealed in the build-up to Wednesday’s FA Cup fifth round clash at the Liberty Stadium that both Ruben Dias and Fernandinho were missing from the match day squad to a lack of fitness.
After the match, Pep Guardiola revealed that the Portuguese centre-back was suffering from a fever and a stomach problem, however was unable to provide any sort of timeframe as to when we could expect the former Benfica defender to return to training or match action.
As for Fernandinho, the Manchester City boss simply said the Brazilian had “some niggles“, and could not make the squad that went on to cruise to a 3-1 victory over the Championship side.INLINETwitter
However, despite the problems appearing to be relatively minor concerning the aforementioned pair, neither appeared to be present at the first-team post-Swansea training session out on the grass on Thursday.
In addition, both Kevin De Bruyne and Nathan Ake also appeared to remain absent from any on-the-field action.
The former has returned to individual training, according to Pep Guardiola, and despite the boss not being able to put any specific timeframe on the Belgian’s return, it is expected that he could remain out for a further 10 days at a very minimum.
The status of Dutch international Ake’s rehabilitation process remains unknown.
One piece of encouraging news for Manchester City fans however will be the return of Rodrigo to on-the-field action, after the Spaniard was substituted due to an injury problem in the second-half against Swansea City.
Manchester City will now turn their attentions towards Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham this weekend, and will be hoping Ruben Dias makes a swift recovery from his problems. The Portugal international had featured in all 30 matchday squads since his move from Benfica in the summer window, prior to his absence from the FA Cup side.
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