Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola issues worrying injury update on Ruben Dias following international break

Manchester City have been dealt a blow as Pep Guardiola revealed that Ruben Dias is set to remain sidelined for between 4 and 6 weeks after picking up an injury playing for the Citizens.

Dias was forced off at half time against Peterborough United in Guardiola’s side’s 2-0 win, and has not featured since thanks to picking up a knock. And now, Guardiola has noted that he is no rush to force Dias back into the side, meaning that he is certain to miss the Premier League showdown between the Citizens and Liverpool in a potential title decider.

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Ruben Dias of Manchester City reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Burnley at Etihad Stadium on November 28, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

‘The doctor said the position when he got injured is so risky, we have to be careful’, the Spaniard told the media ahead of Manchester City welcoming Leicester City to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening.

‘They tell me [it could be] 4-6 six weeks, but it’s much better to go to six than four. We won’t take a risk on him. If he went down he’d be out for the season.’

Support in the wings

While Dias, named the Premier League player of the season last campaign, is sure to be a miss, Manchester City have plenty of options. John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are both well established internationals and are able to hold their own at the top level, while Nathan Ake has struggled for gametime since his £40 million move from Bournemouth but remains a top defender.

However, with Manchester City still in the Champions League, in the latter stages of the FA Cup and fighting for the Premier League trophy, that trio will have to play a lot of games.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 29 50 70
2 Liverpool FC 29 55 69
3 Chelsea FC 28 38 59
4 Arsenal FC 28 13 54
5 Tottenham Hotspur 29 11 51
6 Manchester United 29 8 50
7 West Ham United 30 10 48
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 5 46
9 Aston Villa 29 1 36
10 Leicester City 27 -4 36
11 Southampton FC 29 -9 35
12 Crystal Palace 29 1 34
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 29 -10 33
14 Newcastle United 29 -17 31
15th Brentford FC 30 -14 30
16 Leeds United 30 -33 29
17 Everton FC 27 -18 25
18 Watford FC 29 -26 22
19 Burnley FC 27 -16 21
20 Norwich City 29 -45 17
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Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 13
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 12
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 12
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 12
Tony, Ivan Brentford FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 9
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 9
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Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 9
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 8
Antonio, Michael West Ham United 8

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