Guardiola confirms key men Fernandinho and Laporte could be out for a month in huge injury blow to Man City title hopes

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MANCHESTER CITY fear they could be without key duo Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte until after the international break.

The pair limped out of the Carabao Cup final win at Wembley on Sunday and are likely to miss the next couple of weeks at least.

Aymeric Laporte was replaced at half-time by Vincent Kompany at Wembley
Aymeric Laporte was replaced at half-time by Vincent Kompany at Wembley
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Centre-back Laporte, 24, has a hamstring twinge and joins his regular defensive partner John Stones on the sidelines.

Meanwhile midfield lynchpin Fernandino, 33, has a groin problem and will definitely be out until the middle of March.
Guardiola is also without forward Gabriel Jesus as they return to action against West Ham at the Etihad tomorrow night.

He said: “We were without John and Gabriel and they still out. Now it’s Dinho and Aymer. I don’t know how long.

Fernandinho also hobbled off and the pair are expected to be out for a few weeks
Fernandinho also hobbled off and the pair have been ruled out for a number of weeks
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Pep Guardiola could be without Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte for a MONTH
Pep Guardiola could be without Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte for a MONTH
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“For the next weeks they’ll be out but hopefully after the international break.

“I think John and Gabriel are coming back soon. The other two, hopefully the Swansea game [on March 16], or after international break.

“I’m pretty sure Fernandinho cannot play against Schalke in the Champions League because he’s suspended.

“So we are going to take a risk in Swansea and see after the international break.”


Guardiola’s fresh injury blow comes as City look to overtake leaders Liverpool in the Premier League table, with just one point separating them after the same amount of games played.

But he has received a boost as left-back Benjamin Mendy could return against the Hammers following another lay-off with a knee problem.

And Fabian Delph, who has been ill in recent week, is also close to a return – and could be an option to replace Fernandinho.

Guardiola said: “Mendy is better, he trained the last three or four days with no reaction, he could be fit to play.”

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