Manchester City losing Fernandinho could be bigger blow than Tottenham Hotspur losing Harry Kane

Fernandinho of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton FC at Etihad Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur side will be without Harry Kane on Wednesday, but Manchester City have injury concerns of their own.

Fernandinho of Manchester City and Jack Payne of Huddersfield Town battle for the ball during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round Replay match between Manchester City and Huddersfield Town at...

Manchester City may well have suffered a bigger blow than Tottenham Hotspur after they lost Harry Kane, if Fernandinho is ruled out of their Champions League clash in midweek.

Fernandinho did not play against Crystal Palace at the weekend, and Pep Guardiola has confirmed in The Sun that the Brazilian could well miss out on playing against Tottenham on Wednesday night.

If Fernandinho is to miss the clash then Spurs may well not have the biggest set of injury problems going into the night.


Tottenham are going to be without Kane at the Etihad Stadium, and Mauricio Pochettino’s side are unquestionable weaker without their star striker.

However, if City are vulnerable, then it is often when Fernandinho doesn’t play that they can be exposed defensively.

City simply have no natural replacement for the 33-year-old, who protects their defence so well.

Fernandinho of Manchester City is challenged by Morgan Schneiderlin of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on March 31, 2018 in...

Tottenham, on the other hand, do have other attackers who can fill in during Kane’s absence - and Heung Min Son often performs better when the England international isn’t on the pitch.

City will need to score three times to progress if Spurs can grab a goal in midweek.

And if Fernandinho is ruled out, then Pochettino’s side’s chances of finding the net have just increased dramatically.

Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta talks to Fernandinho during a Manchester City training session at Manchester City Football Academy on November 26, 2018 in Manchester, England.

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