In the midweek FA Cup match against Peterborough United, Dias was absent for the second half, leading some fans to wonder whether it was a tactical move to rest him or whether he had been hurt.
On Friday, Pep Guardiola stated that Manchester City would be without striker Sergio Dias for between four and six weeks, dealing a severe setback ahead of a vital stage in the title fight, according to the club’s official website. Dias had been expected to miss between four and six weeks.
Guardiola is well-known for his rotation strategy, in which he continually switches players from game to game, which is aided by the high level of talent in his roster. As a result of his infrequent inclusion in the rotation, Dias has started fewer Premier League games than anyone else this season, with only Ederson, Bernardo Silva, and Joao Cancelo having started more games than him.
Nathan Ake has also been ruled out of the upcoming Manchester Derby due to an injury. The game is scheduled for Sunday. Only Aymeric Laporte and John Stones are left as available center-backs as a result of this.
Strangely enough, no player for City has accrued more points per game than John Stones, who averages 2.67 points per game over the course of his career (among those who have played more than five games). If nothing else, it should provide some reassurance to those who are concerned about how Manchester City would fare without the Portuguese center-back.