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Pep Guardiola: busy festive schedule is ‘going to kill the players’

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes the busy Premier League festive schedule is going to “kill” players.

Guardiola claimed that the two-day gap between his side’s New Year’s Eve draw at Crystal Palace and the 3-1 win against Watford at the Etihad Stadium was “not normal”.

With Kyle Walker ending the homematch clutching his right thigh in what could be another case of personnel loss in recent weeks for City, Guardiola cited the injury as evidence of the demands of this time of the season.

“He might have a little problem — what everyone saw in the last weeks is how many injuries the players have,” Guardiola said. “We are going to kill them. The bosses have to reflect. It’s not normal to play 31st and two days later.”

“I know the show must go on but that is not normal, they have to control it. They don’t protect the players, they are the people we come to watch – not the managers or the press conferences. Here in England you don’t protect the players, you have to look for the quality not the quantity.”

“Of course space them [the matches] out. I’m not saying change Boxing Day [games]. But you cannot play at 12 at Selhurst Park but are thinking about the game two days later. It’s not basketball or tennis — the players need recovery.”

“Just see how many muscular injuries there are. We have a lot of people here [at City] to take care of them, but the schedule does not protect the player. I think the schedule will always happen because of the tradition but think about the players – they are artists.”

In addition to the injury list is Gabriel Jesus, who injured a knee in the previous game against Palace. Guardiola said that the Brazilian forward will be out four to six weeks or “maybe a little longer.”

Meanwhile, key playmaker David Silva returned to the City squad after two games out owing to personal issues, but Guardiola added that he may miss more matches.

“We are very happy David is back, we don’t know how long but he made another exhibition – he’s essential, he showed how important he is for us. He’s free to stay or leave, it depends. He wants to stay because he enjoys it but family is the most important thing in life. It doesn’t matter if we drop a lot of points, I’d never push him. Some days he will be here, some he will be out, it depends how his family is.”

Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp’s squad to face further injury setback

The list of injured players in the Liverpool squad is set to extend with key player Sadio Mane aggravating his hamstring injury.

Mane played a key role in Senegal’s crucial 2-0 qualifier win over South Africa that books his nation a place in the World Cup, but complained of discomfort afterwards.

Senegal agreed to return the 25-year-old to Liverpool for further treatment while issuing a statement confirming that Mane had suffered a slight recurrence of “an old injury”.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be anxious to have Mane back as Liverpool face important fixtures including a Champions League trip to Sevilla on 21 November and hosting Chelsea arrive on 25 November.

“It is a concern that the hamstring injury is again on the agenda and it will be critical for us to monitor and manage that in the coming days,” Klopp said. “At this stage we haven’t seen Sadio yet to properly assess the extent, but what is clear is that we will have to stay on top of this for the rest of the week and make sure we are careful in how we look after him.”

“All I can really say with certainty is that we will assess Sadio as soon as he lands back in the country and make decisions on what rehab and treatment gives him the best chance of being back fit and strong for the important fixtures we have coming.”

Another player adding to Liverpool’s injury woe is Nathaniel Clyne, who has suffered another injury setback that is likely to keep him out of action until February.

Clyne had already been left to endure a miserable campaign after sustaining a back injury in a pre-season game in July, and will now spend up to three more months out recovering from a minor operation.

The right-back started running again at Melwood in September with Jurgen Klopp calling his progress encouraging but the 26‑year‑old has had surgery which will delay his return further.

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane set to miss out for up to six weeks

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane had been ruled out of action through a hamstring injury for around six weeks.

Mane, 25, was injured on international duty with Senegal and his absence could not have come at a worse time for Jurgen Klopp with Manchester United visiting Anfield on Saturday.

The Senegalese international scored 13 Premier League goals last season despite missing the whole of January because of the Africa Cup of Nations and the final six weeks of the campaign with a knee injury.

There was little doubt that he is amongst Liverpool’s most influential players, and as a result his injury has come at a particularly bad time with Adam Lallana still struggling to regain fitness after a thigh injury.

Lallana has already been sent to the Aspetar sports clinic in Qatar as he continues his rehabilitation and is likely to return in mid-November, along with Mane who will miss the two Champions League games against Maribor and trips to Tottenham and West Ham, as well the visit of Huddersfield Town.  

The Reds will still hope to have Mane in contention for their Champions League fixture in Sevilla on 21 November before they host Chelsea four days later in the Premier League.

“The winger was substituted 89 minutes into Senegal’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over the Cape Verde Islands on Saturday,” a Liverpool statement read. “It has now been confirmed that he picked up an injury during that fixture that could keep him out of action for up to six weeks.”

Klopp’s side have often struggled without Mané, since his move from Southampton, averaging 2.2 Premier League goals with him in the team as compared to 1.6 goals in his absence. Last season, their form fell away dramatically while Mané was at the Africa Cup of Nations, winning just one of their seven games, against League Two Plymouth in an FA Cup replay.