Pep Guardiola was forced to highlight a lack of questions on Jeremy Doku, when an update on the Belgian was recently requested by the media.
The quick forward, who most recently joined Manchester City from French side Stade Rennais in the summer transfer window, has been a welcome addition to the team’s front line during the first half of the new campaign.
The variety of skills available in City’s attack has been enhanced by Jeremy Doku’s effortless one-on-one playmaking against opposing defenders, giving manager Pep Guardiola a variety of alternatives.
Though he had made an explosive and nearly unstoppable start to life with the Premier League champions, the young player was out from the matchday squad for an extended length of time due to an injury sustained during the 3-3 draw against Tottenham last month.
Ahead of a crucial stretch of the current campaign, Pep Guardiola was questioned at a news conference following Manchester City’s 2-0 victory against Sheffield United in the Premier League about Jeremy Doku’s health.
Pep Guardiola answered, “Yes, no one asked me about Jeremy (Doku), just Kevin (De Bruyne) and Erling (Haaland), Kevin and Erling, Kevin and Erling.”
It’s quickly approaching. I think he’s coming back soon,” the Manchester City manager went on. Because he is so powerful, quick, and one-on-one, the medical staff is a little wary, but perhaps in the next weeks, he will be ready.
This weekend, Manchester City will play Huddersfield Town at the Etihad Stadium in the Emirates FA Cup third round. After that, they will travel to St. James’ Park to play Newcastle United in the Premier League.
It might be decided by City officials not to rush Doku back for either of the next games, but to give him more time to recover and get back up to speed during their warm-weather training camp in Abu Dhabi later this month.
After the Premier League’s winter break, City will play their rematch against Burnley at the Etihad Stadium in an attempt to start a run of form that will put them in a strong position to win the English top division for a record four times in a row.