Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 23
Manchester City midfielder Fernando is targeting a return to action next week, Manuel Pellegrini revealed on Tuesday.
The Champions League clash with Roma appears a likely target, per City's official Twitter:
PELLEGRINI: Silva & Aguero will recover for Saturday, Jovetic will be ready for Tuesday if not Saturday. Fernando & Nasri maybe next week.— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) September 23, 2014
Updates from Friday, Sept. 19
Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed Fernando will miss Manchester City's weekend clash with Chelsea.
David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror tweeted the news:
Manchester City boasts a ton of attacking depth, and they will need it Saturday in the wake of midfielder Fernando exiting early against Stoke City.
According to the Citizens' official Twitter account, Fernando was lifted from the match in the 38th minute for Fernandinho:
Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News speculates that the Brazilian star was felled by a groin ailment:
Fernando looks like he has done a groin. Fernandinho warming up— Stuart Brennan (@StuBrennanMEN) August 30, 2014
The injury appeared to be suffered when Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan aggressively defended Fernando:
38. That's the end of Fernando's afternoon. A challenge from Whelan is enough to end the midfielder's game.— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) August 30, 2014
Manchester City entered halftime locked in a 0-0 draw despite dominating possession. Being without Fernando will hurt the Sky Blues in that regard, but the expectation remains that they will come out on top.
If Fernando is forced to miss any time beyond this match, however, the likes of Fernandinho, Samir Nasri, David Silva and others will have to step up in order to replace his production.
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