Man City blow as Laporte and Fernandinho ruled out for ‘weeks’ after suffering injuries in Carabao Cup win over Chelsea

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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.

Aymeric Laporte was replaced at half-time by Vincent Kompany at Wembley
Aymeric Laporte was replaced at half-time by Vincent Kompany at Wembley
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Fernandinho also hobbled off and the pair are expected to be out for a few weeks
Fernandinho also hobbled off and the pair are expected to be out for a few weeks
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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.

Manchester City beat Chelsea on penalties to lift the Carabao Cup for the second year in a row
Manchester City beat Chelsea on penalties to lift the Carabao Cup for the second year in a row
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Pep Guardiola will be desperate his captain Vincent Kompany can remain injury free for a busy March schedule
Pep Guardiola will be desperate his captain Vincent Kompany can remain injury free for a busy March schedule
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“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.

Nicolas Otamendi is suspended for the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie with Schalke
Nicolas Otamendi is suspended for the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie with Schalke
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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.

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