Manchester City: Injured Oleksandr Zinchenko and Rodri face at least a month out

Oleksandr Zinchenko
Oleksandr Zinchenko has featured in seven of Manchester City's nine Premier League matches this season

Manchester City duo Oleksandr Zinchenko and Rodri are set to miss up to six weeks with injuries.

Left-back Zinchenko has had surgery on a knee problem and midfielder Rodri - who has been deputising at centre-back - has suffered a hamstring injury.

Both players look set to miss a trip to title rivals Liverpool on 10 November, and the visits of Aston Villa and Southampton.

"I'm a little bit concerned," manager Pep Guardiola said.

"In a few positions we don't have enough players," he added.

But Guardiola does not expect to strengthen his side in the January transfer market: "I think we are not going to buy," he said.

"Our need is not just for six months, it's for a long time and the important players will not be sold. We are going to stay all the season, I think, with all the players we have right now."

Ukraine international Zinchenko posted a picture from his hospital bed on his Instagram account after surgery in Barcelona.

The 22-year-old has played seven of City's nine Premier League matches so far this season and also helped Ukraine qualify for the 2020 European Championships.

"He had a contact with a knee. He felt something in the bone and has to stop," Guardiola told a news conference before Saturday's Premier League match with Villa.

"He had something to clean up the knee. It was not a big issue. Five or six weeks."

Spain international Rodri had been deployed at centre-back against Crystal Palace last weekend and in Tuesday's Champions League match with Atalanta, before hobbling off in the first half.

Rodri
Rodri limped off in the 41st minute against Atalanta

"They told me after the [November] international break maybe he will be ready again," Guardiola said.

City are already short of defensive cover with centre-back Aymeric Laporte sidelined until 2020.

John Stones made his comeback from injury with two substitute appearances over the past week, and Guardiola defended his decision to leave the England centre-back on the bench against Atalanta, in favour of playing converted midfielders Fernandinho and Rodri in the back line.

"It's not about the first choice, it's about being fit," said Guardiola. "He has had many injuries. That's why he couldn't play."

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