Manchester City lose duo Oleksandr Zinchenko and Rodri to injuries

Manchester City lose duo Oleksandr Zinchenko and Rodri to injuries

The two Citizen have been hit with injuries during the Champions League clash with Atalanta.

Both aces’ injuries will be assessed over the coming days.

Manchester City full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko has sustained a knee injury, the Premier League champions have confirmed.

A timeframe has not been placed on when the Ukraine international might return to action, with City announcing ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League match against Atalanta that he “will be assessed over the coming days to determine the extent of the problem”.

“Everyone at City wishes Oleks a speedy recovery,” the statement added.

There will be fears Zinchenko is the latest City player to fall victim to a serious knee problem, with Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte currently recuperating following surgery during the opening weeks of this season.

Zinchenko’s own opportunity to establish himself as a reliable option at left-back for Pep Guardiola came after Benjamin Mendy underwent knee operations in each of the past two seasons, while Ilkay Gundogan sat out the majority of 2016-17 with a ruptured cruciate ligament. After impressing in Mendy’s absence last term as City won an unprecedented domestic treble in England, Zinchenko was rewarded with a contract extension running until 2024.

Manchester City lose duo Oleksandr Zinchenko and Rodri to injuries

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Manager Pep Guardiola has another fitness worry after Rodri was forced out of the Champions League game against Atalanta. Rodri was forced off during Manchester City’s Champions League match against Atalanta, with the Spain international suffering an apparent hamstring injury.

Shortly after Sergio Aguero had scored his second goal of the night from the penalty spot to put City 2-1 ahead, Rodri – playing again in the unfamiliar position of centre-back – missed a defensive header to let Atalanta forward Alejandro Gomez through on goal at the Etihad Stadium.

The former Atletico Madrid man recovered his ground to make a well-judged tackle but instantly raised his hand to gesture for treatment. He has impressed in holding midfield since becoming City’s record signing in July, slotting into defence over the past week to cover for Pep Guardiola’s centre-back shortage.

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