Pep Guardiola received a hammer blow when he learned that Manchester City could do without Ferran Torres for six weeks.
The Spain forward broke his foot while playing for Spain in the recent UEFA Nations League.
Torres started and scored twice as Spain beat Euro 2020-winning Italy in the Nations League semi-finals before losing to France in the final.
Torres was substituted in the 49th minute against Italy after suffering an injury in a tackle with Jorginho.
“I don’t know how Ferran will be,” Spain coach Luis Enrique said after the semi-final. “He had a blow in the first half and another in the second half, so we decided not to take any chances.”
However, he started in the final and played most of the game.
Corn, according to Marca, Torres returned to Manchester for medical tests. And x-rays revealed the attacker sustained a small fracture to his right foot.
Guardiola will probably be furious with Spain, if as it seems Torres started the final with the problem.
The attacker’s injury is expected to keep him away for at least a month.
The Premier League champions continue their home title defense against Burnley on Saturday.
However, City will play six more games next month, including the Manchester derby.
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Guardiola’s men indeed have 11 games over the next six weeks. While Torres is also almost certain to miss important games for Spain next month as they look to advance to the 2022 World Cup.
Torres has been used as a central striker this season by Guardiola following the departure of Sergio Aguero.
He’s made four league starts and scored twice, but has found himself on the bench in the last three games.
Guardiola chose to use Jack Grealish and Phil Foden as a false nine. He also used Raheem Sterling in the middle and the latest injury could open the door for the Englishman to get more playing time.
Sterling has only made two Premier League starts this campaign. And while the center-forward is not his preferred position, he will surely appreciate the opportunity for more minutes.
Guardiola hopes Ederson and Gabriel Jesus return home safe and sound after Brazil’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday night.
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