Insider: Man City stars may down tools as Pep Guardiola fumes at confirmed news
Some Man City players may pick up “slight niggles and knocks” and be unavailable for their final game before the World Cup.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.
As quoted by Sky Sports earlier this week (9 November), Pep Guardiola slammed the scheduling of the tournament as he claimed his players already have one eye on the tournament.
At least 12 Man City players will feature at the tournament with Erling Haaland a notable exception.
Guardiola’s side could go top of the Premier League going into the break if they beat Brentford at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (12 November).
“It really does come down to the individual,” Dinnery told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“Ultimately, may there be one or two players who have slight niggles and knocks and aren’t quite fit enough for this weekend? Quite possibly.
“The old adage is that when you cross that white line and you attempt to change your game and do something slightly different in terms of the intensity you go in with, more often than not, it’s you that’s on the receiving end of picking up an injury. There are elements of that.
“It will come down to the individual and the status of the team.”
Man City have had good luck with injuries this season.
Kyle Walker is the only player out for the visit of Brentford but he has been named in England’s World Cup squad.