Tuesday 15 October 2019

'Serious' Dzeko calf injury another blow for Pellegrini

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko could be out for several weeks with a calf injury
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko could be out for several weeks with a calf injury

Luke Edwards

The problems keep mounting for Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini after it emerged Edin Dzeko could be out for several weeks with a calf injury.

Dzeko limped off just four minutes after coming on as a substitute against Queens Park Rangers last weekend and has already been ruled out of Bosnia-Herzegovina's European Championship qualifier against Israel on Sunday.

Early estimates point to a three-week rest for the forward, which would rule him out of City's next Premier League match against Swansea City, but Pellegrini will be keen to get the player back to Manchester so the club's own medical staff can assess the problem.

City will be particularly alarmed that Bosnia have described the injury as "serious", which may mean Dzeko has suffered a tear rather than a strain.

Dzeko has not scored for City since doing so twice in the 4-2 win at Hull City on September 27 and he is just one of a number of players who are not performing as they should under Pellegrini.

Reuf Karabeg, the Bosnia-Herzegovina team doctor, said: "It's a very serious injury and requires the kind of treatment whose time-frame unfortunately rules out a quick return." Dzeko said: "I am extremely disappointed with the news that I will miss this match (against Israel)."

Dzeko's absence is a blow to injury-hit Bosnia-Herzegovina's hopes of getting their Group B campaign on track after taking only two points from the opening three games.

City will be relieved to hear that Belgium will not risk aggravating Vincent Kompany's injury in the friendly against Iceland tomorrow night.

Kompany missed the trip to Loftus Road on Saturday and has also been struggling with a calf problem. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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