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Pep provides worrying Man City injury update after Palace draw

01 January, 2018, 00:53 | Author: Carla Brady
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The Belgium global was initially carried off the pitch on a stretcher with his leg in a brace, but he was soon seen ambling down the touchline with the support of City's medical staff.

It proved to be a frustrating day for City, though it could have been a lot worse when Luka Milivojevic stepped up to take a penalty after Raheem Sterling was adjudged to have fouled Wilfried Zaha in the box.

De Bruyne left the field via a stretcher after Puncheon lunged in on the playmaker in the final moments of the game at Selhurst Park. "My feeling now is Alexis is an Arsenal player", Guardiola said.

"I don't know (what's going to happen) but he's a player of Arsenal and I think he is going to stay there", Guardiola added.

"Maybe it's just a huge kick, but maybe he will not be ready for the Watford game in two days".




However, a likely month-long lay-off for Gabriel Jesus means Guardiola may be in need of attacking reinforcements sooner than expected. "Please, referees, they have to protect players".

"We were lucky against Tottenham, with Kevin, we were lucky against Newcastle, (with Ilkay) Gundogan; today we will see what happens". We have to protect players'.

The draw brought City's 18-game Premier League winning streak to an end to as they finished one win short of Guardiola's record, set at Bayern Munich.

"With five or six minutes to go I was thinking more in terms of making sure we didn't lose our point than going on to win it", said the 70-year-old. Maybe Arsene (Wenger) is anxious about that but I tell him many times that 2004 run is for him.

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