The international breaks are a huge concern for many club football fans, and Arsenal are more often than not hit by injuries during these periods. But although it’s not over yet, we look to have escaped unscathed this time around.
The same can’t be said for Manchester City however, who have suffered a number of injuries already, and to key players as well. With City looking like our main rivals for the Premier League title this season, we need to take advantage of any misfortunes they may be experiencing.
The biggest injury concern Manuel Pellegrini has is likely to be Sergio Aguero, who was injured against Ecuador last week. He was in tears when he was stretchered off, and expects to be out for at least a month (via the BBC). The same report details an injury to another important City player, with David Silva hobbling off during Spain’s 4-0 win over Luxembourg with a suspected sprained ankle.
Finally, Aleksander Kolarov had to be substituted during Serbia’s loss against Portugal. It looked to be a thigh injury, but the severity is yet to be confirmed (via the Manchester Evening News. As the report suggests, City are also without the injured former Arsenal star Gael Clichy, so have no recognised left-back available.
Unfortunately, this glut of injuries comes at what is arguably a good time for the league leaders, as they don’t have a particularly difficult Premier League schedule in the coming weeks.
Their only really difficult game is against local rivals Manchester United, with a number of other fixtures against the likes of Bournemouth, Norwich, and Aston Villa.
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They say there are no easy games in the Premier League however, so hopefully the Citizens drop points at some point in their upcoming games.
Regardless of who they are playing, the absence of players like Aguero and Silva is unquestionably a blow. City obviously have able bodied replacements in the shape of Wilfried Bony and Kevin De Bruyne, but any disruptions are likely to cause problems.
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We have to be fully concentrated on our own game over the next few weeks, so we are ready to take advantage of any mistakes Manchester City make.