Pellegrini delivers latest Man City injury update ahead of Palace clash
Manuel Pellegrini fears Man City could be without their first-team strikers for a month
Manuel Pellegrini admitted Manchester City could be without any strikers for a least a month after Edin Dzeko picked up an injury ahead of their 1-0 win at Leicester City.
The Bosnia-Herzegovina international pulled a calf muscle in the warm-up at the King Power Stadium, forcing Pellegrini to call upon 18-year-old Jose Angel Pozo.
I’m very happy because I think today was a very difficult game. It was a difficult week
Frank Lampard, who is on loan from New York City, scored his 175th Premier League goal to move up to fourth alongside Thierry Henry on the division’s record goal-scorer’s list.
And the former Chelsea midfielder could be required to chip in with a few more goals after Pellegrini revealed City are facing an injury crisis up front.
“The more injuries the more difficult it is to make a starting XI,” Pellegrini told BBC Sport.
“With Edin Dzeko, it’s very unlucky. We must see. Maybe we are going to be without the three strikers for at least one month.
“The spirit of the team is very important to resolve this kind of problem. We will see the way we have to play in these coming weeks.”
Pellegrini praised City’s defensive performance as the defending champions kept in touch with league leaders Chelsea.
“I’m very happy because I think today was a very difficult game. It was a difficult week,” Pellegrini added.
“We qualified on Wednesday but after that to play less than 72 hours later, it’s not enough to recover 100%.
“That’s why it was so important to win 1-0 and to defend the way we did. We don’t have strikers.
“I’m very happy with the whole week and especially with this game.”