Manchester Metropolis suffered a blow introduced on by the World Cup as Ruben Dias was dominated out for as much as a month.
Sportsmail understands Dias encountered an issue along with his thigh throughout Portugal’s last-16 victory over Switzerland however continued to play throughout the event.
The central defender remained on the pitch for the total 90 minutes as Portugal had been dumped out by Morocco 4 days later and has not skilled with Metropolis since his return from Qatar.
Manchester Metropolis suffered a blow introduced on by the World Cup as Ruben Dias was dominated out for as much as a month
His absence serves as a headache for Pep Guardiola, though Metropolis’s damage issues in defence have been eased by Kyle Walker’s return to health
An preliminary evaluation instructed that Dias, one of many membership’s 5 captains, will miss Metropolis’s subsequent 5 video games after their 3-2 win over Liverpool within the Carabao Cup.
The spell on the sidelines ought to rule the 25-year-old out of a double header with Chelsea and the derby in opposition to Manchester United on January 14. Dias is determined to show his health earlier than the journey to Outdated Trafford.
His absence serves as a headache for Pep Guardiola, though Metropolis’s damage issues in defence have been eased by Kyle Walker’s return to health, that means centre halves are now not required to fill in at proper again.
Kalvin Phillips has additionally been an absentee in coaching following a return from worldwide obligation and was lacking on the Etihad Stadium.
The central midfielder’s 5 substitute appearances have totalled fewer than 60 minutes of soccer since a £42million summer time swap from Leeds United.
Dias is believed to have sustained a thigh damage in opposition to Switzerland however continued to play in Qatar
‘Ruben is injured. Kalvin Phillips isn’t match, he didn’t arrive in the most effective situation to play,’ Guardiola mentioned.
Guardiola predicted that 18-year-old Rico Lewis, who impressed once more at proper again, has an enormous future with the Premier League champions.
‘With out him, we could not have performed the best way we performed,’ the Metropolis boss mentioned. ‘Right now he was in opposition to an actual senior staff. It is about how he’s with out the ball. Now we have the privilege to nearly announce that he will probably be an unbelievable participant for Metropolis over the following years.
‘He understands every thing in a single second and apples it so rapidly. He at all times performs good, however in opposition to Liverpool? He’s 18. Excellent. He was man of the match.
‘Kevin (De Bruyne) was unbelievable too. Kevin must be a bit grumpy, upset, to be at his greatest. When this occurs, what a participant. He is a legend, he’ll be remembered without end as one of many best gamers of all time.’
Whereas happy with Liverpool’s efficiency, Jurgen Klopp – who now has Roberto Firmino injured with a calf drawback and noticed James Milner come off with a hamstring twinge – bemoaned a sluggish begin.
‘They do issues in a different way and we wanted quarter-hour. It may well price you,’ he mentioned. ‘We had our moments, we may’ve scored extra objectives. It was a spectacular recreation, excessive depth. There’s a lot to take from it. We performed in all probability the most effective staff on the planet. It is regular that you just battle in moments, I settle for that.’