Pep Guardiola says Aymeric Laporte, Manuel Akanji, Ruben Dias and Jack Grealish have all suffered injuries following Manchester City’s Premier League title win.
City lifted the Premier League trophy on Sunday following their 1-0 win over Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium. The Blues took the lead after just 12 minutes as City seized possession in midfield and Cole Palmer picked out Julian Alvarez in front of goal, who drilled his effort into the back of the Chelsea net.
Guardiola’s side held out for a narrow win to ensure their trophy-lifting party was held after a win, with the club being confirmed as champions 24 hours earlier after Nottingham Forest beat second-placed Arsenal 1-0, also confirming their top-flight status for another season in the process.
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And, speaking ahead of the clash with Brighton & Hove Albion at the AMEX Stadium on Wednesday night, Guardiola confirmed that the City quartet had all suffered injuries following the win over the London outfit.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of kick-off, Guardiola said: “No they are not fit. I don’t know what happened but after winning the Premier League many players got injured – three, four, five, all of them not fit – they are not fit. No Aymeric, Manuel, no Ruben, no Grealish. We’ll see how they recover in the next days.”
The update will come as a worry with City still chasing a historic treble. They face Manchester United at Wembley on June 3 in the FA Cup final before flying to Istanbul for the Champions League final against Inter Milan on June 10.
The club will no doubt be hoping all four can make their return to the starting line-up in time to play in both games as they aim to hoist even more silverware before the end of the season.