Amidst the wins, Manchester City has been losing players to injury or otherwise. After the loss of Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish, and John Stones, Man City now have lost Rodri after his tussle against Nottingham Forest.
Rodri was sent off in their 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest in the opening minutes of the second half. He was sent off the pitch for a violent misconduct of grabbing Morgan Gibbs-White by his throat. As many as 10 players were booked in the match which also includes a yellow card shown to the manager Pep Guardiola.
“The game was incredibly perfect for 35 minutes for both sides but after that, when it became chaos, it was not our responsibility, that is for sure,” said Guardiola after the match. “Hopefully Rodri will learn. He had to control himself and his emotions. I can get a yellow card, but Rodri can’t. I don’t play – the guys who do have to be careful.
“Kyle has done this in the past – they know they shouldn’t do it – but it is emotions. Whatever happens, you have to control yourself. I am angry, because I don’t like playing with 10 men.
“I said to the players at half-time to be careful because of what had happened in the last 10 minutes [of the first half] but we fell into the trap.”
This means Rodri won’t be available for Manchester City’s upcoming Carabao Cup clash with Newcastle United, as well as for two critical Premier League encounters against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal.
The Spaniard is set to miss the all-important game against Arsenal on October 8 which can be a major blow to City in continuing their prime run of form.