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Why Rodri and Zinchenko are missing for Manchester City’s clash with Southampton

Why Rodri and Zinchenko are missing for Manchester City’s clash with Southampton

City take on Southampton

Off the back of a convincing 6-3 victory over RB Leipzig in midweek, Manchester City return to the Etihad to take on Southampton this afternoon.

The Citizens have named a strong side that includes Raheem Sterling, who has today been linked with Barcelona, as well as new boy Jack Grealish, who netted a stunner in midweek.

There are also returns to the bench for Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne, both of whom are yet to start a Premier League tie following injuries suffered in the summer while on international duty.

Why Rodri and Zinchenko are missing

However, City are not without concerns when it comes to injuries.

Both John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are missing after picking up injuries in the international break, with the pair set to miss the next two matches too. Guardiola revealed that:

“Muscle injury. Stones didn’t play for us and played 90 minutes for the national team and came back injured. Laporte came back with some niggles but he wanted to play against Leicester, but after that game his niggles were a little bit higher and we didn’t want to take a risk. I don’t know against Wycombe or Chelsea but hopefully they can be ready after.”

Meanwhile, both Oleksandr Zinchenko and Rodri are also absent today, with an official statement confirming that they miss out due to injury:

Rodrigo and Oleksandr Zinchenko both miss out due to injury

There is as of yet no return date for the pair, although Citizens will be hoping that it is sooner rather than later as they are approaching a threadbare squad defensively amid a hectic schedule.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 15 23 35
2 Liverpool FC 15 32 34
3 Chelsea FC 15 26 33
4 West Ham United 15 9 27
5 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
6 Manchester United 15 1 24
7 Arsenal FC 15 -4 23
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 -1 21
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 -2 20
10 Aston Villa 15 -3 19
11 Leicester City 15 -4 19
12 Everton FC 15 -6 18
13 Brentford FC 15 -2 17
14 Crystal Palace 15 -2 16
15 Leeds United 15 -7 16
16 Southampton FC 15 -7 16
17 Watford FC 15 -9 13
18 Burnley FC 14 -7 10
19 Newcastle United 15 -13 10
20 Norwich City 15 -23 10

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5