Manchester City are without two key men heading into Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid.
Key midfielder David Silva hasn’t even travelled and Argentine Pablo Zabaleta also won’t be available.
The right-back confirmed his issues on Twitter on Tuesday and could miss the final should City progress in Madrid.
Sadly after an MRI scan I can confirm a muscle tear grade 2 in my left calf which is around 3 weeks off.
— Pablo Zabaleta (@pablo_zabaleta) May 3, 2016
Bacary Sagna has edged Zabaleta out of the side this season and would have started in Madrid anyway but now has to play each game between now and the end of the season, including a game against former club Arsenal on Sunday.
This season’s Champions League final takes place on May 26th and Zabaleta will be in a race to return. Even if he is available, he won’t be match fit.
David Silva is also out with a hamstring issue and Sunday’s game against Arsenal is likely to come too soon for the playmaker.
There is a boost, however, as Yaya Touré has travelled with the side. The Ivorian missed the first leg with a thigh strain and didn’t feature at the weekend but was back in training this week and is in Madrid preparing for the game.
After a 0-0 draw last week, an away goal would be huge for the visitors and having Touré back could help provide the moment of magic required.by