Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is a doubt for Sunday’s game at Southampton and could be short of full fitness for next weekend’s crunch clash against Liverpool, reportedly.
Fernandinho sat out City’s final Champions League game, against Hoffenheim, earlier in December but returned three days later for the victory against Everton.
But he was deemed not fit enough to play against Crystal Palace on Saturday and was also absent at Leicester on Boxing Day, with City losing both games.
A decision will be made closer to kick-off but he is currently considered as touch-and-go to be available.
If he does miss out it would leave him short of match rhythm for City’s potentially crucial meeting with Liverpool next Thursday.
Fernandinho’s recent absence has been cited as a key reason in the Blues’ shock defeats over the Christmas period, a run of form that has left them seven points behind Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten league leaders.
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