Pep Guardiola claims Manchester City could be fronting an “emergency” as injuries, sickness and suspensions gash his squad.

The PL champions have been without midfielders Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden for recent plays because of Covid-19, in Bruyne’s case, and knocks for the England pair.

De Bruyne is now off isolation, but Wednesday’s tour to Aston Villa will likely come early, whilst Grealish and Foden are still to manifest their fitness.

To aggrandize the concerns, defender Aymeric Laporte will miss the play after getting his fifth booking of the season facing West Ham on Sunday.

Manager Guardiola, whose men trail leaders Chelsea by a point, stated he cannot afford any more troubles to move into a cumbersome December.

Pep stated: “We are in an emergency for the intensity of the squad. We have few people.”

“I never complain, I never miss the players who cannot play for any reason and I trust a lot the players. When one is out, another one comes in.”

“But to sustain it in December – the toughest month of the year – the fact is we are in trouble because we have few players.”

“We have just 15 or 14 players and we are in a difficult position because a lot of players play a lot of minutes.”

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