Pep Guardiola is expected to receive a diagnosis on the injury problem sustained by Jeremy Doku during Manchester City’s 3-3 draw with Tottenham this week.
The Belgian international was further entrusted by manager Guardiola to start ahead of Jack Grealish in the wide left-wing berth against Ange Postecoglou’s side on Sunday afternoon, with a view towards more direct attacks on the Spurs defence.
The first-half of action brought just that, but all without a goal or assist to his name, with Jeremy Doku coming closest through striking the post and crossbar in a bending effort after cutting inside.
His second-half of action would last just seven minutes however, with Jack Grealish replacing the 21-year-old, who appeared to indicate to Pep Guardiola of some discomfort in his leg, sparking fears amongst the Manchester City fanbase over the severity of the problem.
Reports in Belgium have now offered some minor details on the next steps for Jeremy Doku and Manchester City in treating the problem, with a view towards the game against Aston Villa on Wednesday night.
According to a report from Belgian newspaper HLN, as translated and relayed by Sport Witness, whilst Pep Guardiola did not comment on the concern after the match on Sunday, there were ‘voices around the club’ talking about tests on Doku in the ‘coming hours and days’.
As such, those tests will determine how long the summer signing is out of action for, with a run of challenging fixtures coming thick and fast for the reigning Premier League champions this month.
The report does however remind readers of Jeremy Doku’s previous history in the medical department, pointing towards injury issues during his time at Stade Rennes, whilst highlighting that keeping him fit had been a big part of City’s success so far.
Pep Guardiola could provide an update on Doku when he faces the media on Tuesday afternoon, as Manchester City finalise their preparations for the trip to Villa Park to come up against Unai Emery’s fourth-placed side.
City’s 3-3 draw with Tottenham saw the Treble winners drop to third in the division, three points behind the leaders Arsenal and one point off from second-placed Liverpool. Aston Villa however find themselves just one point behind Manchester City.
Aston Villa is the first of three successive away trips for Pep Guardiola and his players, as they travel to face Premier League newcomers Luton Town on Sunday afternoon, before heading to Serbia to close their group stage campaign with a contest against Crvena zvezda.
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