Pep Guardiola says striker Gabriel Jesus could be out of action for two months following the draw with Crystal Palace.
The Citizens were held to a goalless draw at Selhurst Park in a feisty encounter that saw both Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne stretchered off for Man City.
And while Guardiola says that De Bruyne may have been “lucky”, the early indications are less positive on Jesus.
“He’s injured in the terms hopefully it will only be one or two months,” he said. “Then Kevin we were lucky, well not lucky. I don’t know what happen with him in that last action.
“Please, referees, they have to protect players. We were lucky against Tottenham and against Newcastle. Today we were not lucky.
“Referees have to protect. We know how strong physically it is England but teams miss big players, not just Manchester City. The replay speaks for itself. We have to protect players.”
“You have to give Palace credit. They are a good team. We had problems in the game, but the second half was much better.
“At the end, keeper Ederson helped us to keep one point. Maybe it was a penalty, the referee made that decision so that’s okay. On Tuesday we have another game so the good moments you have to react with the best way to do it.”