Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is concerned with his side’s growing list.
The Citizens lost playmaker Kevin de Bruyne to injury at the start of the season.
John Stones, Matteo Kovacic, Jack Grealish and John Stones are also currently sidelined.
The quartet were joined in the treatment room by Bernardo Silva on Tuesday night.
“We are in trouble but I am not going to say ‘oh, we have a lot of injuries’. It is what it is,” Guardiola was quoted by Sportsmole.co.uk.
“With the players we have, we will go for it. As long as we have that mentality, that is good.
“We have five really important players injured and to sustain that for a long time would be difficult.”
“We can’t have, with the salaries and the budgets for the transfers, 55 players,” Guardiola added. “It would be chaos for the clubs. They would go bankrupt.”
Guardiola confirmed that De Bruyne, Stones and Grealish are all still recovering from injury, but Kovacic could be in contention to return for Saturday’s Premier League game against Nottingham Forest.
“Unfortunately it is a long time for Kevin,” the Catalan boss added.
“John didn’t play and needs a bit longer. Maybe [Kovacic] is coming back. Jack maybe in a week or 10 days, but after he needs his condition.”
Manchester City claimed the treble last season. (Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League).
The long injury list has however threaten to derail their perfect start to the new season.
The Citizens have won their last seven games across all competitions.
They lost the Community Shield to Arsenal at the beginning of the season.
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