Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is a serious doubt for England’s upcoming friendlies after picking up an injury during his side’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at the Etihad on Sunday. Not only Hart, Raheem Sterling is also out with a groin injury for at least a month.
Like Sterling, Hart also could be out for four weeks, making them serious doubts for City’s Champions League quarter-final clash.
Both the injuries will require more assessment, but in the aftermath of the latest defeat manager Manuel Pellegrini: “Muscle injuries are never less than a month.”
Hart was forced into action to slide in on Anthony Martial as City defender Martin Demichelis played a sloppy back pass, and eventually hurting his right calf in the sliding attempt. However Martial didn’t seem to make contact with the English stopper, but Hart still seen in immense pain after that incident.
He was even not been able to walk himself off the field and had to be carried away via a stretcher after it was confirmed he could not continue at all.
His participation in England’s next few friendlies is currently in serious question, with Roy Hodgson’s boys all set to face Germany in Berlin next Saturday and then host Holland at Wembley on the following Tuesday.
Hart was almost certain to play at least one of these practice matches, despite Stoke’s Jack Butland and Southampton’s Fraser Forster were included in Hodgson’s final team.
Meanwhile, Manchester City are still in the fourth place on the league table and failed to extend the one-point gap between them and fifth-placed West Ham. They were left behind courtesy an early strike from Manchester United’s new youngster Marcus Rashford.
This defeat takes them to eight this term, and with just seven matches remaining, now it certainly looks like the title is really out of reach.
The first leg of Manchester City’s Champions League quarter-final against Paris St-Germain is in Paris on Wednesday, 6th April while the return leg at home on Tuesday, 12th April.
The latest injuries to Sterling and Hart increase the problems for Citizens making it a crisis situation, as they also have captain Vincent Kompany sidelined for the foreseeable future with a calf injury.