Manchester City are still active in three competitions and could end the season with a spectacular treble, including in the Premier League and the Champions League.
If Pep Guardiola’s side are to compete on all three fronts, they will need their entire squad fit and available.
One man City haven’t had for a month is Ruben Dias; the 24-year-old picked up a hamstring injury in City’s 2-0 win over Peterborough United in the FA Cup.
Since then, City have made six appearances in all competitions and there has been an international break, but Dias is still out.
Last season’s player Dias has been a revelation since joining Manchester, filling a gaping Vincent Kompany-sized hole in their line-up.
The Citizens host Liverpool on Sunday in a match that could decide who wins the Premier League title, and City will be without Dias.
This could be crucial for City as since joining the Premier League, the Portugal international has been one of the best centre-backs in the league, so his absence could impact the home side.
Next week City will face Liverpool twice and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, so it looks like Dias could miss all of those games.
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What do we know so far?
Dias started against Peterborough United on March 1 but lasted just 45 minutes before being taken off.
Guardiola claimed after the match that City would be without Dias for four to six weeks, but here we are almost six weeks later, and there is no sign of the former Benfica man.
Premier League injury expert Ben Dinnery revealed earlier this week that he expected Dias to be out for another ten days which would put him in contention for the game against Liverpool in the semi-finals of the FA Cup next Saturday.
However, Guardiola refused to confirm the timeline for Dias’ return when asked about the defender on Friday which is not good.
What could happen?
Well, the fact that Guardiola didn’t say anything in his press conference is not a good sign as he could have easily provided an update but chose not to.
He provided more details in an interview with the club’s official website last week and revealed he wouldn’t rush the defender, which makes sense.
However, Dias did return to training for City in mid-March but then disappeared again so he may have suffered a setback in his bid to come back from that hamstring issue.
City’s problem is that Dias could potentially miss the three games that decide his season.
If they lose on Sunday, Liverpool will have the advantage in the title race, and if they suffer a loss to Atletico they will be kicked out of the Champions League.
Then, next Saturday, another loss to Liverpool would be the end of their FA Cup run, and potentially their season.
So it’s a huge week in City’s campaign, and it looks like they’ll be without Dias for possibly every game unless Guardiola risks another injury to involve the centre-back.
City have an incredible squad but Dias would make them even better and his absence could have a big impact on the Citizens’ trophy at the end of the year.
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