Oleksandr Zinchenko was unavailable for City’s last two encounters against Crystal Palace and Atalanta, and it now looks like the champions are adding another name to their extensive injury list.
The Ukrainian, who has appeared seven times for Pep Guardiola’s side in the league this season, underwent knee surgery following an injury that looks set to keep him out for the foreseeable future.
His last outing, a substitute appearance in their 2-0 loss to Wolves at the Etihad Stadium, appears to be the last time City fans will have seen Zinchenko take to the pitch for some time following a serious knock.
The 22-year-old posted to Instagram in light of the news, giving an update on his progress after the surgical procedure took place, simply stating: “On the way back.”
Zinchenko has been a key defensive addition for the Citizens in the past two seasons, evident by his 91.6% pass completion rate so far this season in the Premier League (WhoScored) as he provides full-back cover to the consistently absent Benjamin Mendy.
The news is certainly a blow for Guardiola’s side, having already suffered through an extensive injury list this campaign, but a potential silver lining could be Mendy’s return to the fold.
The Frenchman has started four times this season for City and looks set to get a run in the team following Zinchenko’s confirmed absence.
Indeed, it is another hammer blow to City’s title chances – but the question is how Guardiola will mitigate the circumstances and deliver results in the face of adversity.
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