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Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City’s injury list is a concern as their busy schedule continues. Wednesday’s 3-1 Champions League win over Porto ended on a bitter note as substitute Fernandinho limped off in the closing stages. The veteran Brazilian is expected to miss four to six weeks with a muscular problem. Nathan Ake was missing from the match squad with what Guardiola described as a niggle in his groin.
Aymeric Laporte and Kevin De Bruyne were due back in training on Thursday, but resources are stretched ahead of a week in which City will travel to West Ham, Marseille and Sheffield United before facing Olympiakos at home on November 3.
“On Thursday we’ll start with Kevin and Laporte training again, but I don’t know how they’ll come back,” Guardiola said. “We get players back and others we lose. In three days we go to London (to play West Ham) and then to France to play Marseille (on Tuesday) and then Sheffield (on Saturday). It’s so demanding.”
With Ake out, Guardiola turned to Eric Garcia. Garcia is wanted by Barcelona and has said he will not sign a new contract with City before his existing deal expires in the summer.
“I know he wants to leave, but maybe we can seduce him to extend his contract with us,” Guardiola said with a smile. “He is a guy who is so stable in many, many things and I’m so happy (with him).”