Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is concerned about player welfare due to increased demands, saying: "It's too much."
Manchester City's defensive issues have come to the fore this season, but where has it gone wrong, and what can Pep Guardiola do to help?
Pep Guardiola looks set to welcome back Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones when Manchester City return from the international break.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expects John Stones and Kevin De Bruyne to both be available after the upcoming international break.
Benjamin Mendy made his first Manchester City appearance in five months at Shakhtar Donetsk and Ilkay Gundogan was glad to see him back.
Fernandinho hopes to continue improving in his new defensive role for an injury-hit Manchester City.
Ahead of a Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City defender John Stones has been ruled out for a month.
Despite Aymeric Laporte's injury, Pep Guardiola has claimed Manchester City are not interested in signing a centre-back in January.
Vincent Kompany tipped John Stones to prove his doubters wrong at Manchester City.
Kyle Walker could be used as a centre-back by Manchester City if Aymeric Laporte is out for a prolonged period, says Pep Guardiola.