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Fernandinho is last line of defence as City face Watford test

Aymeric Laporte is out until at least February after injuring knee ligaments in the recent win over Brighton. — Reuters pic

But just four months later Guardiola, whose side are already five points behind Juergen Klopp's rampant Liverpool, is facing a serious headache at the back, with Aymeric Laporte and John Stones out for significant spells. England defender Stones, however, suffered a muscle injury in training and reports suggest he could be out for four to five weeks.Over the past two years they have shown strong interest in Virgil van Dijk and Harry Maguire, only to baulk at paying what turned out to be world record transfer fees for defenders.

The upshot of their approach was that they failed to replace veteran club skipper Vincent Kompany, who returned to Belgium. At least Guardiola has a ready-made solution, with defensive midfielder Fernandinho playing at centre-back for the midweek visit to Shakhtar Donetsk, where City won 3-0.

 

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