Pep’s poser af­ter Ota­mendi banned

Glossop Advertiser - - Sport - Stu­art Bren­nan

NICO­LAS Ota­mendi will miss City’s next game at Le­ices­ter City.

And that will mean break­ing up the cen­tre­back part­ner­ship with John Stones that has formed the back­bone of the Blues in 14 of their record-break­ing 15-match win­ning streak.

Ota­mendi was booked in the 3-1 win over Arse­nal, tak­ing him to five yel­low cards for the sea­son and trig­ger­ing an au­to­matic one-match ban.

But with Vin­cent Kom­pany set to re­turn to full train­ing af­ter a two-month ab­sence through in­jury, Pep Guardi­ola will have to make a big de­ci­sion ahead of the trip to the King Power Sta­dium, where City lost 4-2 last sea­son.

“We are go­ing to find an­other op­tion, find a so­lu­tion,” was Guardi­ola’s only com­ment – but Eli­aquim Man­gala is the prime can­di­date af­ter be­ing on the bench for much of the sea­son so far.

That will con­cern City fans, as Man­gala was de­clared sur­plus to re­quire­ments in the sum­mer and only re­mains at the club be­cause a dead­line day trans­fer to Crys­tal Palace fell through.

Ota­mendi is now on in­ter­na­tional duty, with Ar­gentina fac­ing friendlies against Rus­sia and Nige­ria, both in Rus­sia.

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