Both Fernandinho and Pep Guardiola have provided brief updates on the Brazilian midfielder’s fitness, on the back of Manchester City’s derby victory.
Silva and Sane on target
City travelled to Old Trafford last night, for a crunch meeting with Manchester rivals United.
The clash marked a crucial one in both the race for the Premier League title, and the battle for a spot in the English top-flight’s top-4.
But, when all was said and done, there could only be one winner, with visitors City having eventually emerged victorious by means of a 2-0 scoreline.
A superb team performance on the part of the Citizens saw Bernardo Silva open the scoring 10 minutes into the second-half, before substitute Leroy Sane made sure of all 3 points for Pep Guardiola’s men with a breakaway strike in the 66th-minute.
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One negative on an otherwise stellar night’s work for City, however, came in the form of a major blow on the injury-front.
Just 5 minutes into the second-half, Sky Blues’ midfield linchpin Fernandinho was forced off with a muscular problem.
The Brazilian, who was this morning named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year, would mark a telling absence in the middle of the park for City over the coming weeks, with the champions now just 3 fixtures away from retaining their English top-flight crown.
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As such, speaking in the aftermath of his side’s crucial win at Old Trafford, Pep Guardiola was questioned on Fernandinho’s well-being.
And the Spanish tactician had the following to say:
‘Fernandinho had a little problem at half-time. And when he went down, I thought he would not be able to continue. So we brought on Leroy.’
‘We will see…’
Fernandinho himself, meanwhile, also provided an update on his injury problem, confirming that he is set to undergo tests today to determine the seriousness of the issue:
‘We will see on Thursday. We are going to make the scan and we will see. I will talk to the doctor and he will make the best decision for everybody.’
‘When I blocked the shot from Paul I felt my knee. It twisted a little bit. I could continue playing but I came off. That’s what it is.’
Quotes via Sky Sports