Manchester City are facing a defensive injury crisis at the Eithad following the latest setback, and they may well be regretting their decision to allow Jeremy Frimpong to join Celtic in the summer.
Manager Pep Guardiola revealed that John Stones is the latest City defender to be ruled out, after picking up an injury in training that will keep him sidelined for four-to-five weeks.
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So why would City be potentially regretting their Frimpong decision?
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Following Stones’ injury, City go into their Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk with just one fit senior centre-back in the shape of Nicolas Otamendi.
With Aymeric Laporte out for over four months, Vincent Kompany’s departure in the summer and now Stones’ injury, City are incredibly short of defensive options.
Guardiola has already revealed that youngsters Eric Garcia and Taylor Bellis may have to step into the first-team amid the crisis, meaning Frimpong may have also been in contention if he was still at the club.
Kyle Walker has been deployed at centre-back for club and country before, and having Frimpong at City may have allowed Guardiola to switch the England international into the centre and use Frimpong at right-back.