Injuries threaten to derail Manchester City’s Premier League season, can they weather the storm?
Manchester City’s star studded squad have been unplayable at times this season, despite not being at their best by any stretch of the mark.
They have relied heavily on Sergio Aguero and a few key players however, and with the Argentine recently hit with injury the Premier League champions may now find things more difficult.
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They showed in midweek that they are capable of getting the win without their prolific front-man, dispatching AS Roma 2-0 to seal their place in the last 16 of the Champions League. With a number of injuries to key players though, they may struggle in the coming weeks.
City are not short of options up front, with Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic both players of real quality. It appears as though Manuel Pellegrini is experiencing an injury crisis at the moment however, with all three forwards sidelined and the manager having to rely on inexperienced youngster Jose Angel Pozo.
Dzeko suffered a calf strain in the warm up against Leicester City, with Pellegrini revealing that he was unlikely to feature again before the new year. And with Jovetic spending most of this season sidelined with injury, it was no surprise to hear that he was back in the doctor’s office as well.
These injuries combined with the news that City captain Vincent Kompany is also facing time on the sidelines could spell disaster for the Citizens.
The powerful Belgian has regularly shown how important he is for the club, and with Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis putting a number of questionable performances in recently it will be a huge blow for Pellegrini.
The cash rich side are currently second in the Premier League, but could easily find themselves dropping off the pace of they slip up at all.
You could argue that the injuries have come at the best possible time, with relatively easy fixtures from now until the new year. A trip to West Bromwich Albion sandwiched between home games against Crystal Palace, Burnley, and Sunderland should all be considered winnable. Equally however, dropping points against any of these sides could seriously dent their title hopes.
The next three games should prove much sterner tests, with games against Everton, Arsenal, and Chelsea in quick succession. If they still have a depleted squad towards the end of January, then things could become very tricky.
With such a huge squad already Pellegrini is unlikely to spend hugely in the January transfer window, so can City keep up with Chelsea with their current injury hit squad?