Pep delivers Torres bad news

16 October 2021 00:53:22 GMTPlus11
Pep Guardiola has another injury problem

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed Ferran Torres faces up to three months on the sidelines due to the foot injury he sustained while on international duty with Spain.

The news comes as a blow for a City side that are priced at 4/6 to successfully defend their Premier League title this season and who welcome Burnley to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Torres absence extended

It had already been confirmed that Torres was facing a spell out of action after he was forced off during Spain's defeat to France in the UEFA Nations League final last weekend, but Guardiola has now revealed the extent of the issue which is likely to rule the 21-year-old out until the New Year.

"Ferran will be out two and a half months, three months," Guardiola confirmed at his pre-match press conference. "(The injury is a) bone for the feet - metatarsal.

"The injuries can happen here at home, the national team. I know perfectly the manager from Spain, Luis Enrique. I know he treats players as best as possible. It would be better not to happen, but it happens.

It would be better not to happen, but it happens.

Pep Guardiola

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Guardiola also confirmed that Gabriel Jesus and Ederson will miss Saturday's clash with the Clarets after both players were involved in Brazil's World Cup qualifying victory over Uruguay during the early hours of Friday morning.

However, the news was more positive regarding Ilkay Gundogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko, who have both returned to full fitness and are likely to feature against the Clarets.

Pep speaks highly of Dyche

City have won each of their last eight meetings with a Burnley side who are yet to register a league victory this season, but Guardiola is full of respect for Sean Dyche's team and he is expecting a tough encounter on Saturday.

"Burnley was in this position many times and always survive. Why? Because they never give up," he added. "That's why Sean Dyche is an excellent manager.

"He plays in a certain way and is a machine in how he does it. I am a big fan. He sticks to his principles and they never give up."

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