Man City have ’13 or 14′ fit players

Manchester City’s run of 1 win in their last 4 league games is down to having only “13 or 14” fit players, says manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and Samir Nasri missed Saturday’s 2- defeat by Stoke, whilst Fernando injured his hamstring.

City named a Premier League squad of 21 players in September, 4 brief of the maximum of 25.

“We’re playing the same players as in the final three games,” mentioned Pellegrini.

“Perhaps it really is the purpose we did not play with the energy that we require to win.”

Manchester City’s injuries

Name Injury Feasible return

Fernando

Hamstring

Unknown

Yaya Toure

Muscle difficulty

Next weekend

Sergio Aguero

Ankle

Midweek or next weekend

Pablo Zabaleta

Knee

Finish of December

Vincent Kompany

Calf

End of December

Samir Nasri

Hamstring

April

With five of the 21-strong squad injured just before the trip to the Britannia, all of the remaining 16 except for third-decision goalkeeper Richard Wright were either in the beginning 11 or on the bench.

The three remaining substitute spots were filled by beneath-21 players Kelechi Iheanacho, Manuel Garcia Alonso and Cameron Humphreys-Grant.

City’s defeat has seen them slip to third, three points behind leaders Leicester.

Even so, they have reached the semi-finals of the League Cup and the last 16 of the Champions League, with their final group game against Borussia Monchengladbach coming up on Tuesday.

“We are playing in other competitions with the same 13 or 14 players,” said Pellegrini. “Without doubt the players did not recover from the last two games.

“We play very bad due to the fact we are playing with the identical players, and nothing considerably a lot more happens.”

Midfielder Toure, striker Aguero and defensive pair Kompany and Zabaleta are all due back in December, but Nasri is set to be out until April and Fernando is but to be assessed.