Manchester City supporters have been making all the noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team get the better of rivals Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford to open up an 11-point lead at the summit of the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola’s men went into their clash at Old Trafford off the back of hard-fought league victories over West Ham, Southampton, and Huddersfield Town, and actually lost for the first time this season just days earlier courtesy of a 2-1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk. However, the Citizens deservedly picked up all three points on Sunday as goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi, either side of Marcus Rashford’s equaliser, sealed a 2-1 win for Guardiola’s team, thus opening up an 11-point gap at the top of the Premier League table, just 16 matches into the season.
Consequently, there have been many delighted City fans in the Tavern in the last few days, yet they are likely to be frustrated by recent comments from boss Guardiola in his pre-Swansea City press conference, which suggests that captain Vincent Kompany will miss the trip to the Liberty Stadium this evening.
The 31-year-old has struggled repeatedly with injuries over the past few years, to the point that he has not exceeded 30 Premier League appearances in a campaign since City’s first title-winning season of 2011/12.
And with just seven league starts this term as well, it has been an all too familiar story for the Belgium international, and Guardiola has recently confirmed (via the club’s official Twitter handle) that he’ll miss tonight’s clash in South Wales.
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And with John Stones also out due to a hamstring problem, Guardiola is facing somewhat of a defensive crisis ahead of this evening’s encounter with Paul Clement’s men.
Landlord’s verdict: Vincent Kompany’s career has been blighted by injuries in recent times, and it is that that will cause him to miss Manchester City’s clash with Swansea City this evening.
The 31-year-old has started four of their last five Premier League matches but was withdrawn at half time against Manchester United on Sunday, and won’t be fit for selection at the Liberty Stadium tonight.
And that is sure to come as bad news to City fans and indeed manager Pep Guardiola, who faces something of a defensive crisis ahead of today’s clash given that fellow centre-back John Stones is also unavailable.
Thus, it remains to be seen who the Spaniard opts to play in the heart of his backline this evening.
Man City fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!