Manchester City need defensive signing to avoid trouble says Pep Guardiola

• Injuries to John Stones and Benjamin Mendy give manager a headache
• Guardiola praises team spirit as key to record winning sequence

Pep Guardiola believes he may have to sign a defender in the January transfer window or Manchester City could be “in trouble”.

Benjamin Mendy is recovering from a serious knee problem and will not return before April while John Stones has a pulled hamstring and is unlikely to play before the new year. Guardiola also admits Vincent Kompany is too injury-prone to be relied on, the captain having to be replaced at half-time of the 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford owing to his latest muscle malady.

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