Man City: Nicolas Otamendi leaves Argentina’s squad before Norwich

Nicolas Otamendi sent home before Norwich

When the Premier League restarts next weekend, reigning champs Man City travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich.

Who will Pep Guardiola play at centre-half against the Canaries?

In a potentially big blow to the Sky Blues, it’s been confirmed that Nicolas Otamendi has been sent back to Manchester this weekend.

That’s after Otamendi played 90 minutes for Argentina against Chile on Thursday.

So is Otamendi injured?

Argentine news outlet Ole confirm that Otamendi’s return to Manchester was scheduled.

Indeed, ESPN have suggested that Otamendi’s Manchester return is due to “personal reasons”.

However, with that said, it’s still a little unclear why Otamendi has left international duty early.

 

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‪#SeleccionArgentina 🇦🇷 ‬

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Man City’s defensive problems

Otamendi is arguably Pep Guardiola’s first-choice centre-half right now.

That’s after Aymeric Laporte suffered a terrible knee injury against Brighton.

During the international break, Man City confirmed that Laporte has had an operation on his knee.

According to reports, the French defender is likely to spend the next four to five months of action.

The assumption is that Otamendi will line up alongside John Stones for the away trip to Norwich next weekend.

However, if Otamendi is unavailable, Stones and Fernandinho could play at the heart of City’s backline.

 

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Bonjour à tous, Suite à l’opération réalisée avec succès hier en debut de soirée, je souhaitais vous remercier pour tous vos messages de soutien ces derniers jours. Je me sens vraiment soutenu et reconnu! Ma condition physique ne me permettent pas d’aller en Equipe de France, je suis triste de ne pas réaliser mon tant attendu début avec les bleus. Je suis reconnaissant envers le sélectionneur de m’avoir transmis son soutien et ses encouragements. A partir de maintenant, nous décomptons les jours pour mon retour sur les terrains. Hi everyone! After successful completion of yesterday evenings surgery, I would like to say thanks for all your messages of support during the last few days. I feel trully loved and so thankful about it. I am sad for not being able to join the national team and to not fulfill my dream of making the debut with les bleus. I would like to thank the Coach for being so supportive. From now on we start counting down the days to go back to the pitch. Hola a todos, Tras la operacion realizada con éxito en la tarde/noche de ayer, dar las gracias por los mensajes de apoyo durante todos estos dias. Me siento muy querido y agradecido. Al no estar en condiciones fisicas, me siento triste por no poder acudir con la seleccion francesa y no haber podido hacer realidad el tan esperado debut con los blues. Agradecer al seleccionador por transmitirme su cercania y animo. A partir de ahora empezamos a restar dias para la vuelta a los terrenos de juego. #AL #FFF #mancity 🇫🇷 🦈

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