Manchester City midfielder Rodri made a surprise return to first-team training yesterday and the club are giving the Spaniard every chance to be fit to face Liverpool according to the Daily Mail’s Jack Gaughan.
The 23-year-old was expected to be out until after the international break with a hamstring problem but the Spanish international appears to be winning the race to feature tomorrow. Some fans are delighted by the latest development:
Gr8 news thanks.
— Serge Demeo (@demeo_s) November 9, 2019
Hope he plays we really need him
— Gilbert wahome (@gilbert_wahome) November 9, 2019
— F ? 9Nov (@_P2ll) November 9, 2019
If he plays fully fit we might control the whole game…this guy is young Bosquets …
— Brian Kiprono (@brian_rony) November 9, 2019
Desperate for Rodri tomorrow.
— City Fan (@ManCity_FanView) November 9, 2019
Omg I beg
— R. (@jpfancelo) November 9, 2019
However, other supporters are more cautious, and they don’t want to play Rodri if there is a risk of him getting injured again:
Pls don't rush him 🙁
— Nasri (@sunnystrongg) November 9, 2019
He should sit this one out.
Fernandinho should play there.
— Malcolm V (@YungHusband_) November 9, 2019
— MCFC OSC – Malaysia (@MCFCmy) November 9, 2019
I’m not sure if you even want to risk it. If he gets hurt again then he’ll be out even longer.
— Martin (@MrBlazed12) November 9, 2019
don't need to rush him, draw could make no harm to us
— Ponginho7 (@AGunabhibal) November 9, 2019
It’s a tricky situation for manager Pep Guardiola. There is concern that Ilkay Gundogan won’t provide the necessary protection in the centre of the pitch, and with Fernandinho likely to play at centre-half, having Rodri back would give them a big boost.
Even so, with City’s current injury problems, risking a recurrence of the hamstring issue may not be wise, especially with a number of important games over the coming weeks.