Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko has been sidelined for three weeks following a Calf Injury. Bosnia-Herzegovina national side’s team doctor, Reuf Karabeg, confirmed the news and spoke to the team’s official website, saying “”It’s a very serious injury and requires the kind of treatment whose time-frame unfortunately rules out a quick return.”
The Bosnian International was forced from play just after four minutes of replacing holding midfielder Fernandinho, in Manchester City’s 2-2 draw against Queen Park Rangers.
Reports suggest that Dzeko has already been ruled out of Bosnia’s 2016 Qualifier against Israel, and miss crucial ties for Manchester City which involve Swansea, Southampton and the penultimate Champions League tie against Bayern Munich.
Manchester City’s striker Edin Dzeko added “I am extremely disappointed with the news that I will miss this match but I have faith in my team-mates and believe that they have it in them to get a result.”
Meanwhile, Manchester City are also sweating on the fitness of captain Vincent Kompany. Kompany, has joined up with his national side Belgium even after feeling the ill effects of his his calf injury which ruled him out against Queens Park Rangers.
Although Belgium might not take a risk with Kompany in their friednly against Iceland, the center back could feature in Belgium’s pivotal Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales.
Manchester City meanwhile keep their fingers crossed and hope that their captain come out through these fixtures unscathed and without further injury.
Kompany has flown to Belgium with City’s blessing and they trust coach Marc Wilmots not to take any unnecessary risks with their defensive linchpin ahead of these defining games.
With Edin Dzeko out for three weeks and Vincent Kompany not regaining full fitness, Manchester City could reel even more. As it stands, Manchester City are already running third, even below second placed Southampton.
To add to their worries, Manchester City are also facing what is termed as ‘low morale’. The side looks like a shadow of its former self , without chemistry and without understanding.
Only Sergio Aguero has been prolific for Manchester City and has continued with his form of scoring goal at will, while Midfield general Yaya Toure has also disappointed with his performances and the Ivorian is already linked to a possible move away from the Etihad Stadium.
The defense has been in shambles as new boy Elaquim Mangala has been exposed time and time again. With Vincent Kompany out, Manchester City might be in for a drubbing even against Southampton, who have impressed so far with their brand of attacking football.
Manchester City are already favorites not to qualify for the latter stages of the Champions League and with Dzeko out and Jovetic not clicking with Aguero, City could even possibly reel in the next two Premier League fixtures against Swansea and Southampton, after the International break.