Man City boss Guardiola's 'bleak' claim rubbished by medical expert

By Ben Dinnery

28th Apr, 2022 | 12:00pm

Man City news: Expert rubbishes 'bleak' Pep Guardiola claim as 'major' shake-up on the cards

Man City might suffer fewer injuries if they had a larger squad – but the situation is nowhere near as bleak as Pep Guardiola makes out.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.

City have played 52 times so far this season and are eyeing a Premier League and Champions League double.

But the Sky Blues have the third-smallest squad in the top-flight in terms of senior players.

Per the Manchester Evening News last Saturday (23 April), Guardiola claimed that he is re-thinking his preference to work with a smaller group.

The Spaniard suggested that a larger player base would prevent City from becoming stretched by injuries in the closing stages of the season.

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But Dinnery revealed that City actually have one of the lowest injury rates in the Premier League.

“It all comes down to the type of injuries first and foremost,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams

“Muscular and soft tissue problems are caused by fatigue. So having the ability to rest players will reduce incident rates.

“The more minutes a player plays, the higher the chance they have of picking up injuries. It helps to rotate.

“But Pep is a bit of a master in terms of how he likes to spin things. They do really well year on year in terms of their squad management.

“It’s not just about bringing in lots of players, it’s about bringing in the right players.

“If you look at their incidence rates, they are one of the best in the Premier League.

“Only three teams have had fewer incidents, so it’s not like they need to make major changes. Let’s say it’s not as bleak as he makes out.”

John Stones and Kyle Walker are City’s only two current injury absentees.

Guardiola’s side take on Leeds United on Saturday (30 April).

In other news, Man City tipped to sign Gabriel Jesus replacement as talks reported.