Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City team have been faced with a blow after Rodri and Oleksandr Zinchenko face some time off.
This was revealed by Pep Guardiola during his press conference ahead of their match against Aston Villa.
Rodri was taken off during City’s
Champions League clash with Atalanta on Tuesday with a hamstring problem and will be out for the next few week while Left-back Zinchenko has undergone minor surgery on a knee problem and could be sidelined for up to six weeks.
When asked about the Injury status of Zinchenko, Guardiola said: “He had a contact with a knee, felt something in the bone and has to stop.
He had something to clean up the knee. It was not a big issue.” He added the Ukraine international would be out for “five or six weeks”.
On Rodri he said: “They told me after the [November] international break maybe he will be ready again.”
Rodri had started in defence against Atalanta despite specialist centre-back John Stones being available again.
Guardiola, however, did not feel Stones was match-fit: “It’s not about the first choice, it’s about being fit. He has had many injuries. That’s why he couldn’t play.”