Pep Guardiola gives Jack Grealish & Bernardo Silva injury updates ahead of Man City v Chelsea

Manchester City are set to be without at least two key players for Saturday's game.
Pep Guardiola gave an injury update on Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva ahead of Chelsea.Pep Guardiola gave an injury update on Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva ahead of Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola gave an injury update on Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva ahead of Chelsea.

Pep Guardiola has given an injury update on his Manchester City squad and confirmed that Jack Grealish will not be available for Saturday’s clash against Chelsea.

The former Aston Villa man was replaced with a groin injury in Tuesday night's Champions League win over Copenhagen and was in clear discomfort after he was withdrawn.

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While Guardiola isn't sure at this stage on the exact nature of the problem, he revealed Grealish will definitely not be back in time to face Chelsea in the 5:30pm.

“Jack, I think, will not be ready,” said the City boss. “I don’t know [how serious it is]. He is speaking with the doctors and I only know he is not able for tomorrow.”

Guardiola also gave a further update on Bernardo Silva, Mateo Kovacic and Sergio Gomez. "Bernardo will be assessed now in the training session, about his knock. Kova, I think, is back, or training at least, and Sergio as well. The rest we will see when they arrive."

Like Grealish, Silva was taken off in the Champions League win, after he was on the receiving end of a robust challenge, while Kovacic has missed the last two games with a minor knock. As for Gomez, he last featured for City on 31 January in the 3-1 win over Burnley, but is unlikely to start against Chelsea.

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Josko Gvardiol is the only other absentee for the Premier League champions, with Guardiola confirming on Tuesday that the Croat will not be available for a few weeks due to an ankle ligament injury.

Meanwhile, the City boss described Saturday's opponents as an 'exception' side, despite Chelsea sitting 10th in the table.

"It's an exceptional team in all departments. One of the toughest games we have until the end of the season. They're playing really good in the last games. They have everything: intensity and quality. Most teams are defined if they are not able to lose the ball and it's difficult to find a player that can lose the ball. They are a really good team, a tough one tomorrow."

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