Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is close to making a return from injury.
The Brazilian midfielder has sat out of Man City‘s last two fixtures with a thigh injury, with City suffering shock defeats in both games.
The defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City have seen a number of people highlight Fernandinho’s absence as a key reason for the defeats, with it being the only position within the City squad where Pep Guardiola has very little natural cover.
While today’s game against Southampton will come too soon for the 33-year-old midfielder, he could be set ready to return against Liverpool on January 3rd, and when directly asked about Fernandinho’s fitness in his pre-match press conference, Guardiola said: “Almost everyone is fit. They are training – not 100 per cent, but training.
“We will have his qualities again and he is an incredible player. He is so important like Kevin [de Bruyne] is, so of course, we have to find another solution if he is not available.”
City have in fact lost three of their last four games in the Premier League, a run of results that leaves them down in third, 10 points behind league leaders Liverpool.