City are left without Fernandinho

City are left without Fernandinho

In the first round of the Champions League group stage, Manchester City lost one of the line-up players Fernandinho for more than a month.

Manchester City's opening match in the 2020/21 Champions League against Porto was overshadowed by injury to midfielder Fernandinho. The Brazilian received a leg injury, due to which, according to preliminary information, he will miss four to six weeks. The episode happened on the seventh minute of the match and made life difficult for the Citizens, since the guests opened the score already on the 14th minute of the match.

Despite the difficulties, Manchester City managed to snatch victory in the match with a score of 3:1, although Porto actively used zones in the defense of Pep Guardiola's team and carried out good attacks. After the game, the coach of the Cityzens commented on the injury to the Brazilian and talked about the recovery of other players,

Fernandinho's injury is bad news for us. He has a leg problem. I think he will miss about 4-6 weeks. This is a big blow to us, given the number of games we have now.

Now we are waiting for the return of Laporte and De Bruyne. I don't know what form they are in, but it is important for us that they return to the squad. We go to London, then to France and after Marseilles to Sheffield. We have a serious schedule,” said Guardiola.

After van Dijk's injury, I have already touched upon the fact that the top clubs will expect many injuries of their players. After the quarantine, the teams had a crazy schedule, there was practically no time for rest and training, so not everyone can withstand such a rhythm.

No matter what physiotherapists are in the clubs, they are not able to make big robots out of football players than they are at the moment. From this we see injuries in clubs playing on all fronts. Given these circumstances, it is possible that this season will be analogous to 2015/16, when Leicester became the champions of England. Now Aston Villa and Everton are doing very well, but whether they have enough margin of safety compared to competitors is an open question.

One thing is for sure: there will not be a big gap between the champion and the catching group in the Premier League, as it was last season with Liverpool and City, or the year before, when they broke away from all competitors together. I'm looking forward to the most interesting and eventful season in the Premier League in recent years, with a high density at the top of the table, not because of the progress of all teams, but because of the destructive consequences in the teams caused by overwork and injuries of players.