MANCHESTER CITY retained a major trophy for the first time in the club’s history – but it came at a cost.
Aymeric Laporte was replaced at half-time of the Carabao Cup final win over Chelsea at Wembley before Fernandinho hobbled off towards the end of normal time.
And manager Pep Guardiola expects them to be out for a few weeks as a result of going for the Quadruple.
He said: “Being in four competitions is so demanding, so tough, we don’t know where we’re going to arrive.
“Fernandinho and Laporte will be out for some weeks.”
“Winning this game is good for the enthusiasm for the next games.
“But we are going to suffer for the next competitions, especially in the Champions League and Premier League.
“But the win is important for the mood – ‘OK, guys, we have two titles already in our basket, the Community Shield and today’.”
With John Stones and Benjamin Mendy already out, it leaves Manchester City short of defensive cover ahead of a busy schedule.
Fernandinho played at centre-back against Schalke in midweek with Laporte helping out at left-back with Mendy and Fabian Delph unavailable.
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City will be without the suspended Nicolas Otamendi for the second leg on March 12 so Philippe Sandler could get an unexpected start alongside injury-prone Vincent Kompany.
City face six games between now and the end of March, starting with a home game against West Ham on Wednesday.
It will be the first Premier League match £57million defender Laporte will have missed all season.