Manchester City have a potential injury crisis in defence ahead of their trip to Sheffield United.
The Blades host the reigning champions at Bramall Lane in the Premier League on Tuesday night. Man City are looking to bounce back after dropping more points on leaders Liverpool at the weekend.
Not only did their 2-2 draw at home to Crystal Palace leave Pep Guardiola’s men 16 points adrift of the Reds in second place, but they also picked up two injuries.
Both John Stones and Benjamin Mendy are fitness doubts for the trip to South Yorkshire.
“John had a problem in the leg with his last action, Mendy has a bit of muscular fatigue from the last game,” Guardiola told the Manchester Evening News.
Stones suffered his injury late on against Palace, while Mendy is struggling having started three successive games for the first time since October.
How will Manchester City cope with injury issues?
Guardiola did have some good news for City fans, confirming Aymeric Laporte isn’t far from a return. Laporte hasn’t played since August after suffering a serious knee injury.
The Frenchman won’t be available for Tuesday, however, meaning Guardiola may have to change things up at the back.
In the absence of Laporte, Fernandinho has become the preferred option at centre-back since being moved there from midfield. The Brazilian scored a late own goal for Palace’s equaliser on Saturday.
If Stones is out then Nicolas Otamendi is the natural choice to be brought back in to partner Fernandinho in central defence.
With no Mendy then Oleksandr Zinchenko could be introduced into the fold. Zinchenko hasn’t played for City in the top flight since they beat the Blades 2-0 on December 29.
Summer signing Angelino represents another option, although the Spaniard hasn’t been used in the league since early December.