Pep provides worrying Man City injury update after Palace draw

Francis Osborne
January 2, 2018

It was a frantic opening inside an electric Selhurst Park, with both sides fashioning clear cut opportunities in the first 10 minutes.

Palace battled admirably against a star-filled side averaging almost three goals a game and had to overcome its own injury loss - Palace captain Scott Dann also left the match on a stretcher after an earlier foul on De Bruyne - as well as City's sustained second-half pressure.

De Bruyne was carried off on a stretcher in injury time, moments after Ederson's penalty save, and was helped along the touchline by two members of City's medical staff after the final whistle.

"We were lucky in recent games".

"Maybe [it was penalty] - I didn't see it really well", he sad. They have already punished Oumar Niasse and Manuel Lanzini but Zaha's dive was the worst I have seen this season'. We know how strong physically it is in England but teams miss big players, not just Manchester City. "Protect the players, guys, that's all", he said. There is one line but where you go beyond it, that is risky. "But my feeling now is that he's an Arsenal player and he will be".

The subsequent reshuffle appeared to affect the visitors more, with Palace growing more into the game the longer the half went on.

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Soon after City's game, and hours before Arsenal kicked off, Guardiola said there would be "internal meetings" over whether the club would make a bid for Alexis Sanchez in light of the injury to Jesus.

Asked after the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace whether he was planning a move for Sanchez, he explained: "He is a player from Arsenal and I think he is going to stay at Arsenal".

City's inability to extend their 18-game winning run against a team battling to avoid relegation should give the rest of the league hope, and ensure that future opponents try to beat Guardiola's men - as Roy Hodgson's team attempted to do - rather than adopt the negative, and fruitless, safety-first approach taken by Newcastle at St James' Park last Wednesday.

Kyle Walker rarely let Palace's in-form Wilfried Zaha get the better of him, and made more interceptions (three), gained more possessions (13) and sprinted faster (34.69 km/h) than any other City player.

The Premier League leaders have a home clash with Watford on Tuesday.

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