Manchester City forward Ferran Torres is out for 6 weeks after he fractured his foot while on international duty.
The Spaniard who has established himself as the best No.9 for Manchester City despite being a natural winger, starred for Spain over the past fortnight as they beat Euro 2020 winners Italy in the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League before losing to France thanks to a controversial goal.
He absence for six weeks now mean he will miss up to 11 games for city during this period including a Premier League derby at Old Trafford, the next round of the Carabao Cup, and Champions League fixtures against Club Brugge home and away as well as Paris Saint-Germain. Torres is also almost certain to miss important games for Spain next month as they look to confirm qualification for the 2022 World Cup.
The winger suffered a knock against Italy in the nations league which forced him to be substituted and despite being deemed fit enough to start the nation’s league final against france, subsequent scans have now revealed that Torres is now set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines in what is a blow for the player, his club, and his country.
In his absence, Raheem Sterling will likely now get a run back in the team.
Raheem Sterling has been used in the central role even though it isn’t his preferred position, while the team have also lined up with a false nine in recent matches.
Pep Guardiola and City fans alike will be sad that the forward is ruled out for the next 11 games just after Torres continues to develop into a key player for the Manchester club.
Some feel Torres could be the answer at the striker position in the absence of club legend Sergio Aguero, who signed for Barcelona in June.