Fernandinho happy to help at the back

Manchester City

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho claims he doesn't mind helping his team’s injury crisis by playing in defence.

The Brazilian has been regarded as one City’s star performers during the past two years under boss Pep Guardiola.

In that time, Fernandinho has assisted them in winning back-to-back Premier League titles, as well as two League Cups and the FA Cup last season.

This year has been much more of a struggle for City from the first month of the season.

In their 4-0 win against Brighton in August, Aymeric Laporte suffered a bad knee injury and was subsequently ruled out for a period of six months after undergoing surgery.

John Stones has suffered slight niggling injuries all season while Nicolas Otamendi has been out of form.

With Vincent Kompany departing in the summer to take charge of Anderlecht in his homeland, the burden to play at centre-back has fallen on the 34-year-old Fernandinho to cover at the back.


He has been thrust into the role for most of the season and it appears he may have to stay there for the longer term.

However, the Brazil international says he will play at centre-back as long as it helps the team and adds he is used to playing in more than one position.

“Pep asked me if I would help him and I agreed to it,” he told ManCity.com. “I said it wouldn’t be a problem because I’ve always been able to play in multiple positions throughout my career.

“After Pep Guardiola’s arrival, my position varied more often; I played as a right-back, right-midfielder and a midfielder on the left too. As a holding midfielder, a left-back and a centre-back on both sides.

City face Fernandinho’s former club Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday evening as they aim to qualify for the last 16 of the competition.

A win would seal their place in the knockout stages as Guardiola aims to win the Champions League for the first time since 2011.