Manchester City will be without six first-team players, including Sergio Aguero, when they take on Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday.
City has already secured advancement from the Champions League group stage, but the team is looking to bounce back from a 2-0 weekend defeat to Stoke in the league. City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that the club will have several players out with injuries.
“Sergio has an injury which means he cannot work normally so he needs time to recover,” Pellegrini told mcfc.co.uk. “It’s not serious, it’s a pain injury.
“We hope he will be back this week but we’ll see how he improves in the next day. If he can run with normality, he can work.
“The other players missing are Kompany, Demichelis, Nasri, Zabaleta and Fernando.
“Demichelis has a problem in his tendon which he already had in the last game so I thought it wouldn’t be good for him to continue playing. He should be back in 2-3 days.
“We don’t have that many players to rest – maybe there will just be two or three changes from Saturday.”
Monchengladbach is coming off an impressive 3-1 win over Bayern Munich, handing Bayern their first loss in the Bundesliga this season. Pellegrini will be hoping for a positive result, and said that the loss to Stoke is already in the back mirror.
“The defeat to Stoke is gone for us,” Pellegrini said. “We’ve analysed it already. It’s important for the team to at least do their task and we’ll see what Juventus do against Sevilla.
“It’s important for the team to finish at the top of the group – our target is just to win our game – we can do nothing about what happens in the other game.
“It’s one game more but I hope we are going to have more concentration and do better than we did on Saturday.
“I try to play this game as it’s an important game – the most important thing is to be qualified – after that, we have to try to be top of the group.
“Borussia are a team in a very good moment. They’ve recovered a lot of positions in the Bundesliga. We are going to find tomorrow a very difficult team – not only because they beat Bayern Munich but their results over the last couple of months.”