Triple injury blow facing City at Hammers


Stones may be missing

Manchester City’s Mateo Kovacic is an injury doubt for Saturday’s clash at the London Stadium along with John Stones and Jack Grealish.

The 29-year-old Kovacic signed from from Chelsea this summer and has started  each of the club’s opening five matches in all competitions.

Kovacic played for 84 minutes in City’s thumping 5-1 home win over Fulham on September 2 before linking up with the Croatia squad on international duty ahead of Euro 2024 qualifiers against Latvia and Armenia.

However, he  watched on as an unused substitute due to injury, with the midfielder revealing after the match that he would be “ready” for the Armenia clash on Tuesday.

He told the Manchester Evening News he had some problems but I will try to do the last training to the maximum, and the coach will decide.

The report states that Kovacic may have to undergo an MRI scan to determine the severity of the injury and he could be facing at least 10 days on the sidelines.

That would see him miss  West Ham at the London Stadium with City also assessing the fitness of England duo John Stones and Jack Grealish, who have respective hip and thigh problems.

Stones has not played for the Citizens since the Community Shield defeat on penalties to Arsenal at the beginning of August, while Grealish picked up his injury shortly before the victory over Fulham .

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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