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Pep Guardiola reveals bizarre reason for Jack Grealish injury timeframe uncertainty



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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed the reason for uncertainty surrounding the severity of Jack Grealish’s injury.

The 28-year-old is set to miss a number of matches including the upcoming derby clash at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester United next month after suffering a groin injury against FC Copenhagen in midweek.

Grealish was forced off inside 20 minutes of Manchester City’s win in the first-leg of their last-16 clash on Tuesday evening, with the Englishman having been handed a first start since early January at the Parken Stadium.

The Manchester City forward is set to be sidelined for two to three weeks as a result of the injury according to Mike McGrath, with Grealish potentially missing six matches across three competitions for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Grealish will miss Saturday’s Premier League clash with Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium, as well as games against Brentford, Bournemouth, Luton Town, Manchester United and FC Copenhagen.

The England international has become an integral member of Guardiola’s squad, and started both the Emirates FA Cup Final and UEFA Champions League Final last season.

Grealish is one of two fresh injury concerns for Guardiola, with Josko Gvardiol also facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering ankle ligament damage.

Despite Grealish suffering the groin injury on Tuesday, Guardiola revealed that a ‘broken machine’ has caused delays in determining the extent of the 28-year-olds problem.

“He did it when we arrived and the day after (Copenhagen). We could not do it because the doctor said to me that the machine was broken,” said Guardiola.

“That’s why it took one more day, it was yesterday (Thursday), but it was my day off and I was so concerned about Chelsea and I didn’t speak with the doctor, and still I didn’t see this morning. So now, when I arrive back from this lovely press conference I will ask him.

“He’s injured but I don’t know. I know he made a scan, he has a problem in a muscular issue, but I don’t know how big is the damage, the days, I don’t know.”

City can move to the top of the Premier League table with wins over both Chelsea and Brentford at the Etihad Stadium over the next few days, with the Sky Blues currently on an 11-game winning streak across all competitions.

Erling Haaland was back amongst the goals during City’s last Premier League outing, scoring twice against Everton last weekend.