Pellegrini: Hart and Sterling out for 3/4 weeks
- 20 March 2016 18:32
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
Manuel Pellegrini revealed both Joe Hart and Raheem Sterling have suffered muscle injuries and will be missing for up to one month.
"I don’t think muscle injuries can heal in one week. They normally need three or four weeks."
The defeat cut the gap between the Blues and their neighbours to a single point but Pellegrini asserted his side are not looking over their shoulders - only upwards.
"We continue in fourth position," he added. "We have to play for another 24 points. We must be focused on the next game.
"I am not unhappy with the performance of the team. We had 26 attempts on their goal and we dominated the game but missed chances to score."
The Blues boss also dismissed the suggestion the players are lacking in confidence or concentration.
"It is not the best way to finish the season," he conceded, "but I am happy with the players’ attitude. They are all focused and they want to finish as near to the top as possible.
"We have another 24 points to play for and every game is different. United did not play better than us.
"It was a mistake in the lead up to the first goal. I don’t remember a lot of chances United had - they had just one after the goal."