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Double injury blow for Manchester City as Rodri and Zinchenko are ruled out

Pep Guardiola’s options are limited again.

Oleksandr Zinchenko is injured (Joe Giddens/PA)
Oleksandr Zinchenko is injured (Joe Giddens/PA)

By Andy Hampson, PA

Manchester City pair Rodri and Oleksandr Zinchenko both face spells on the sidelines in the coming weeks, manager Pep Guardiola has revealed.

Midfielder Rodri suffered a hamstring injury in Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Atalanta and will be out for around a month.

Left-back Zinchenko has undergone minor surgery on a knee problem and could be unavailable for up to six weeks.

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The loss of Rodri for a spell that includes City’s much-anticipated top-of-the-table Premier League clash with Liverpool on November 10 is a major blow.

The Spaniard had been playing in defence due to injuries to centre-backs and, although John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi are now available again, the news limits Guardiola’s options.

Speaking at a press conference, Guardiola said: “They told me after the international break he will be ready again.”

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Rodri, centre, was playing as a makeshift centre-back (Nick Potts/PA)

Midfielder-turned-defender Zinchenko missed the Atalanta clash and has since had an operation.

Guardiola said: “He had a contact with the knee and felt something in the bone. He’s had to stop for four or five weeks.

“He’s had some surgery to clean up the knee. It’s not a big issue but he’ll be out for five or six weeks.”

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