Manchester City’s Bacary Sagna is set to miss the Blues’ trip to SE25 with them this Saturday after hurting his ankle whilst away with France.
Despite being seen limping midway through the opening period of his country’s 2-1 win over Serbia, the 32-year-old wasn’t replaced until half-time by Didier Deschamps, leading to fears about the damage the full-back may have done to his ankle by playing on.
Watching from the bench with an ice pack on the ankle in question, there is every chance that he will miss this weekend’s game, leaving City boss Manuel Pellegrini extremely short of cover after losing Pablo Zabaleta to a knee injury he sustained in training.
It should mean that new signing Nicholas Otamendi is given a chance to impress in what would be his City debut, but given the Argentinian’s usual preference for occupying a role in the centre of defence, a switch to full-back would be something of a baptism of fire against a Palace team with the scent of blood in their nostrils.
A victory is set to send Palace into joint first place with the Blues after five games, meaning we’ll take any advantage we can get in the battle for three points. In this instance, the loss of two first-choice full-backs has the potential to cause the title challengers a whole world of trouble.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed.