PEP GUARDIOLA says his Manchester City team are “in trouble” after Bernardo Silva was added to the growing list of injured players.
The Portugal international had to be substituted just before half-time in his team’s 3-1 win against Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday evening.
Guardiola is already without Kevin de Bruyne, John Stones, Mateo Kovacic and Jack Grealish in a hectic period for the treble winners.
So the victory over the Serbian champions came at a price for Man City, with Guardiola saying: “Apparently Bernardo won’t be able to play in the next few games.”
“We are in trouble, but it is what it is. I won’t say we have a lot of injuries. It is like it is.”
“I prefer to have everyone, but we have to try. As much as we have that mentality, it’s good.”
“If we have five important players – really very important players – who are injured, it will be difficult to sustain that for a long period of time.”
Only De Bruyne is out long-term but Guardiola doubts either of the others will be back for Saturday’s home game against Nottingham Forest.
Some have questioned whether City have enough player numbers to lift all four trophies this season, but Pep added: “We cannot have the salaries, budgets and transfers for 55 players.”
“It would be chaos and bankruptcy for the clubs.
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“Sometimes it happens. It’s a long time for Kevin, John still hasn’t played, it’ll take a while, maybe Kova will come back.”
“Jack might be there for a week or 10 days, but after that the conditions have to be created.”