‘We’re done’, ‘Another Ake masterclass loading’ – Man City Fans reacts as Pep Guardiola reveals double injury blow ahead of Southampton clash

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Manchester City will do battle with Southampton on Saturday without defensive duo Aymeric Laporte and John Stones after the pair returned from international duty carrying injuries

The defensive pair missed the midweek Champions League win over RB Leipzig with muscle injuries they initially picked up whilst on international duty.

Aymeric Laporte has had a great start to the season and has formed a solid partnership with Ruben Dias at the heart of the Sky Blues’ backline this term, much like John Stones did during 2020/21.

When speaking about the pair on Friday, Pep suggested that both players look set to miss at least City’s next three matches.

The Spaniard stated that he does not know if they will be back for Wycombe or Chelsea – City’s next two outings following Southampton – but hopefully they can be ready after that:

“Muscle injury. Stones didn’t play for us and played 90 minutes for the national team and came back injured. Laporte came back with some niggles but he wanted to play against Leicester, but after that game his niggles were a little bit higher and we didn’t want to take a risk. I don’t know against Wycombe or Chelsea but hopefully they can be ready after.”

This would leave just Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake as natural centre-back options for the next three games, as well as being without two of their best defenders for a huge clash with Chelsea.

In reaction to the news shared on Twitter by City Xtra, many Man City fans have expressed their thoughts and opinions.

Guardiola is expecting to have Nathan Ake available to face Southampton.

The centre-back’s father sadly passed away minutes after he scored his first goal in the Champions League against Leipzig on Tuesday, after which he paid a touching tribute on social media.

“Nathan has shown his personality,” added the City boss.

“We are concerned and sad. Our condolences to his mother, brother, family, friends, fiancé.

“All we can say is we are there for him. We tried in the last hours to let them feel how close we are with him.

“I am pretty sure he will be ready tomorrow and fit to fight for us.”

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