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Manchester City In Bigger Problems As Star Defender Has Knee Surgery

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Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko could be out for up to six weeks after having knee surgery.

The 22-year-old Ukraine left-back, who has played seven times for City this season, has had treatment in Spain.

It is another blow for City, who are already without centre-back Aymeric Laporte with a long-term injury.

Midfielder Rodri, who had moved to defence, appeared to suffer a hamstring injury in midweek and will miss Saturday’s game against Aston Villa.

Zinchenko posted a picture from his hospital bed on his Instagram account after surgery in Barcelona.

“He [Zinchenko] had a contact with a knee,” City boss Pep Guardiola said on Friday. “He felt something in the bone and has to stop. He had something to clean up the knee. It wasn't a big issue. Five or six weeks.”

Discussing Rodri’s injury, Guardiola added:

“They told me after the [November] international break maybe he will be ready again.”

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