Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola says he is ‘hoping ‘none of his players gets injured on International Duty.
The city remains in the hunt for the quadruple this season but slipped back down to second in the Premier League table following Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Fulham on Super Sunday.
Only a handful of senior players will remain in Manchester during the last international break of the season and Guardiola hopes he will not have to contend with any fresh injury concerns when the others return.
According to Guardiola, he said: “I pray, pray, that they come back fit,”
“They have to go to their national teams, they have to go, enjoy and play for their country, but I hope they can come back fit like they are now.
“Maybe they will go away, scoring three goals and return with the same rhythm, who knows? I just want them fit and here”.
The city could face as many as eight games in April but Guardiola is confident his side have the physical and mental strength to maintain their challenge on all fronts.
“With the fixtures, we have in April, we need everybody – it’s crazy,” he said.
“Everybody is going to play and Kevin (De Bruyne), Ferna (Fernandinho), John (Stones), Benjamin (Mendy)… they are all going to be back soon, and we need them.
“Everybody has contributed, and it has been massive, we are demanding more and more, and we have to train hard and then play well as possible again and again and again.
“Believe me, to get to the international break and go into April with only a month and a half to go and still be it is incredible, and it is an honour for me.
“To have this spirit, desire, this intensity and overcome difficult situations, I told the players that this is going to happen quite often between now and the end of the season where the mentality will be the difference.”