Torres is back in Manchester and a scan has revealed a small fracture in his right foot. He is not expected to return until mid-November at the earliest. The Spanish forward is understood to have picked up the injury in the Nations League semi-final win against Italy, although he carried on to participate in the final defeat to France.
Torres is likely to miss Spain’s World Cup qualifiers against Greece and Sweden and will be unavailable for City's crucial home and away fixtures against Club Brugge in the UEFA Champions League, as well as the local derby against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The six weeks injury to Ferran Torres will punish Pep Guardiola for a mistake he made in the summer transfer window.
Pep Guardiola surprised many when he failed to sign a striker following the departure of Sergio Agüero to Barcelona. The Spanish tactician rather prioritized spending 100 million pounds to bring in Jack Grealish even when his attacking midfield department is richly stacked with superstars. With the club failing to sign a striker in the summer following Agüero's exit, Torres has been playing as a centre forward under Pep Guardiola.
Ferran Torres has been excellent in his role as the main striker for Manchester City. He was initially signed as a winger from Valencia last year, but Pep has successfully converted him to an efficient center forward, and he has become so good in that role that he plays the same position for his national team.
The 21 year old scored 13 goals in his debut campaign for City and has scored three times in his seven appearances for the club this season. Torres is a key player in Pep Guardiola's squad who has no replacement and his injury is coming at a very wrong time for Pep Guardiola as all his other options could be unavailable for their next match.
Gabriel Jesus was expected to be the next striker to take over the role from Agüero this season but surprisingly, the Brazilian international has become more effective in the wing forward role where Pep deploys him, although Guardiola has said he remains an option as a striker.
Nonetheless, he is a doubt for the match with Burnley which kicks off less than 36 hours after Brazil play Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier. Academy striker Liam Delap will also be unavailable for Saturday’s clash with Burnley as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.
Guardiola shot himself in the foot when he failed to recruit a center forward in the summer transfer window. He misplaced his priorities by splashing out on Grealish instead of a striker that was an obvious need for his squad. He rather decided to depend on a winger to get the goals for him throughout a campaign where he will face serious competition from other teams in the league. That mistake could prove to be costly with some important games coming up for his side in the Champions League and the EPL, including the trip to Old Trafford for the much anticipated Manchester derby.
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