Manchester City and Pep Guardiola endured more injury woes that have dampened the mood despite their 5-1 against Atalanta.

This time it is Spanish midfielder Rodri, who has been out on the unavailable list.

He became Citys new record signing this summer, joining from Atletico Madrid for a fee of 70 million Euros.

Rodri was deployed as a makeshift centre-back alongside Fernandinho for the Champions League game against Italian side Atalanta.

This was the second outing the pair have had as centre-backs.

Despite Guardiola’s side dominating performance, and leading 2-0 at the time, the manager could not believe his eyes when in the 41st minute Rodri could not go on.

Rodri was replaced by Stones who himself has just returned from a spell on the treatment table.

City went on to run out comfortable winners, 5-0.

But Guardiola knows that the competition will only get tougher, and he will need his stars back asap.

It is believed Rodri suffered a hamstring injury, but the details are still not clear, in terms of severity and length of time out.

Speaking to the press after the game, to BT Sport, he is still waiting for clarification.

He said:

“Tomorrow [Wednesday] we will know.”

“Hopefully [Rodri will be out] between 10 days if it is not broken [torn].”

“If it is broken, it will be three weeks or one month.”

“It is hamstring, it looks like. When a guy runs and puts his hand in the hamstring position, it is a hamstring.”

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He is happy very happy with Rodri’s contribution so far and hopes this is just a minor set back.

He added:

“It’s the first season for Rodri, he’s slotted in brilliantly in a new league, a different for him and he’s breezed it.”

“Credit to Fernandinho, he’s helped him along.”

“We work on playing different positions in training all the time.”

“Knowing everyone’s jobs and the roles on the pitch, so you can almost play blind when you have the ball.”

“It’s been good to be back out on the pitch for me on a personal note.”

“But I’m upset to see Rodri has a little injury. We’ll see how it is.”

Guardiola has ruled out January signings but may have to backtrack, if his luck in the injury department doesn’t improve.

 

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