Manchester City will be without Rodri until after the October international break following the midfielder’s red card against Nottingham Forest.
The 27-year-old was sent off within seconds of the restart at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, after grabbing the neck of Nottingham Forest’s Morgan Gibbs-White amidst an altercation.
Manchester City successfully secured the three points despite playing the majority of the second-half with ten players, as Pep Guardiola’s side extended their winning start to the campaign to six successive Premier League matches.
Phil Foden and Erling Haaland smashed the Blues into a commanding early lead, scoring two sumptuous goals in the 7th and 14th minute.
Josko Gvardiol and Jeremy Doku returned to the Manchester City starting side for the clash, meanwhile Matheus Nunes made his full Premier League debut for the Blues, after featuring against Red Star Belgrade in midweek.
Kalvin Phillips was introduced after Rodri’s red card, with the Englishman featuring in a Premier League game for Manchester City for just the 14th time.
The former Leeds United midfielder could however be set for a series of appearances, with Rodri unavailable domestically to Pep Guardiola until the clash with Brighton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 21st October.
The Spaniard will miss Manchester City’s next three domestic matches as a result of Saturday’s red card, missing matches against Newcastle United, Wolves and Arsenal.
The Blues travel to St James’ Park to face Newcastle in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening, prior to Premier League matches away to Wolves and Arsenal.
Manchester City travel to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday 8th October, and are already dealing with a number of absentees; amid Mateo Kovacic, John Stones, Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne’s injuries.
Rodri netted the winner at the Emirates in January 2022, and the 27-year-old has scored three goals for Manchester City so far this season.
The midfielder will still be available for the Blues’ UEFA Champions League clash against RB Leipzig on Wednesday 4th October in Germany, despite Saturday’s red card for violent conduct.
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