The major issue set to ruin Man City’s top four hopes…

Manchester City are no longer title favourites but they have been a sure pick to finish in the top four.

But after failing to pick up maximum points last week against a poor Norwich side, City are only two points clear of West Ham for the final Champions League spot.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini’s schedule is not too easy in the coming weeks as they prepare for the Manchester derby this weekend and then have the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal to follow.

To make matters worse, two of City’s key players, David Silva and Vincent Kompany, are out with injuries. Silva’s ankle has been an issue in recent weeks and Kompany left the pitch against Dynamo Kiev with a calf problem, his 14th injury since joining City in 2008.

According to Pellegrini, Kompany will be out for at least a month. With Kompany on the pitch, City only concede a goal for every 194 minutes played, and with him sidelined, Pellegrini’s side concede a goal every 65 minutes – says it all really.

For what it’s worth, legend Rio Ferdinand reckons City may have made a mistake, but this is not surprising, given his allegiance to United…

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