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Burnley-Manchester City Preview

Pep Guardiola fears Ferran Torres could be sidelined until January after the Manchester City forward fractured the fourth metatarsal in his right foot.

The 21-year-old suffered the injury in Spain's 2-1 Nations League semi-final victory over Italy but managed to play through the pain for 84 minutes in the 2-1 defeat by France in the final.

Scans conducted upon Torres' return to Manchester revealed a small fracture, and Guardiola suggested it could be a long wait before he plays again.

"Torres will be out for two months and a half, three months," Guardiola told a news conference ahead of Saturday's meeting with Burnley. "Except Ferran, the rest of the team are OK. The injury is the fourth metatarsal."

Guardiola considers Spain boss Luis Enrique blameless, saying he had full trust in his former Barcelona team-mate.

"The injury can happen here, at home, with the national team. I know perfectly Luis Enrique, he treats all the players as good as possible," Guardiola said. "He doesn't want Ferran to get injured. They try to take care, sometimes it happens. It happened with Belgium with Kevin (De Bruyne), Phil (Foden) with England."

Guardiola will be able to welcome back Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ilkay Gundogan, though Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, who played for Brazil on Thursday, will not be available.

Depending on Liverpool's result at Watford, City could move top with a win. Burnley, meanwhile, are still without a victory this season.

"It is cause for reality, not concern," Burnley manager Sean Dyche said. "The Premier League is tough, the demands and expectations on yourself remain high. Generally we are playing well but need to tidy up the details.

"It is peculiar when people write you off, because you don't lessen your demand on the group, but outsiders do. It is something that comes round your way when you're Burnley."

Manchester City – Riyad Mahrez

Mahrez has scored more Premier League goals against Burnley than he has vs any other side in the competition (eight). Seven of these eight goals have been in five games with City, including a hat-trick in this exact fixture last season.

Burnley – Nick Pope

City's last four home games against Burnley in all competitions have finished 5-0 to the Citizens. No team in English football has ever won 5+ home games in a row against an opponent by 5+ goals before, and Clarets goalkeeper Pope might have to be at his best to stop a record being set.

Burnley have lost each of their last eight meetings with Man City in all competitions by an aggregate score of 30-1.

City have taken 28 points from their last 30 available against Burnley in the Premier League (W9 D1), since losing 1-0 at Turf Moor in March 2015.

Dyche could become just the second manager to win away against three different clubs who were reigning Premier League champions, after Sir Alex Ferguson (Blackburn, Arsenal and Man City). Dyche led the Clarets to victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 2017-18, and against Liverpool at Anfield last season.

Burnley are winless in their last 10 league games (D3 L7), the longest current run without a win in the top four tiers of English football. However, each of their last four Premier League victories have come away from home.

No side has used fewer players in the Premier League so far this season than Burnley (18), while the Clarets also have the highest average starting XI age in the competition this term (29 years and 39 days).

Updated October 15, 2021

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