Ahead of a midweek meeting with Borussia Monchengladbach in Champions League group stage play, Manchester City’s injury list continues to get longer.
Starting goalkeeper Joe Hart had a back issue that kept him out of this weekend’s 4-1 loss to Tottenham, and while he could miss the midweek game as well, he could be joined on the sidelines by Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany, adding to a continuously growing injury list.
Kompany was a late scratch for the Spurs match after a lingering calf problem continued to rear its head, while Toure was removed at halftime for what Pellegrini confirmed was a hamstring issue. The absence of Hart and Toure was felt for City as they collapsed in the second half at White Hart Lane.
“Joe had a problem with his back during the week,” Pellegrini said after the loss to Spurs. “He could train just one day this week, and that’s why I decided to play [backup goalkeeper Willy] Caballero. Joe was not 100 percent. Yaya had some problem with his hamstring, and we don’t know [if they will be fit]. We must wait for Sunday or Monday to decide if they are 100 percent.”
As for Kompany, the story is the same. “I don’t think he will [be available on Wednesday],” Pellegrini said. “At the beginning [of the Spurs match], he was fit to be on the bench. In the warm-up, he felt some problem in his calf. We will see in the way he develops in the next few days.”
But for Pellegrini, no matter who is on the field, he thinks the club should be winning. “My mindset is to never have excuses,” the City boss said. “I never complain about players that cannot play. I think this team played very well in first 45 minutes [against Spurs] and maybe deserved a better score. After that, two set pieces… and that’s not about leaders. It is about marking, concentration. That decided the game.”