Pep Guardiola insists he has no issues with how Ferran Torres was treated by Spain boss Luis Enrique after confirming he expects the Manchester City forward to be sidelined for up to three months with a foot injury.

Having failed in their pursuit of Harry Kane over the summer, City have been dealt a huge blow in their title ambitions (City 10/11 Premier League Outright), with Torres not expected to return until next year.

There have been reports that the 21-year-old suffered the foot fracture in the Nations League semi-final against Italy, against whom he scored both goals in the 2-1 win, but was passed fit to play in the final against France on Sunday, playing for 84 minutes before being substituted.

However, Guardiola remains philosophical about the setback and accepts that injuries are part and parcel of the game.

“Injuries can happen here, at home, the national teams – it happens,” said Guardiola. “I know the manager from Spain [Luis Enrique], he treats Ferran as best as possible.

“He doesn’t want him to get injured. They try to take care but sometimes it happens.”

Whether Torres’ injury opens the door for more game-time for Raheem Sterling remains to be seen, although Guardiola insists that he can give no assurances to any of his squad about a place in the team, saying his players “have to speak on the grass – not Raheem, all of them”.

Sterling’s contract expires in 2023 and he has recently revealed that he is open to leaving City for a move abroad, having seen his playing time restricted this season following the arrival of Jack Grealish.

The 26-year-old will be hoping for a rare start on Saturday when City host Burnley at the Etihad (City 1/8, Draw 9/1, Burnley 25/1 – Match Betting) as Gabriel Jesus will also be unavailable after playing for Brazil against Uruguay on Thursday.

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