Manchester City 'to be hit by two-window ban in coming days'

Pep Guardiola is confident Manchester City have enough strength in depth

Pep Guardiola is confident Manchester City have enough strength in depth

Manchester City will reportedly be banned from making signings in the next two transfer windows by Federation Internationale de Football Association for breaking rules related to the protection of youth players and third-party ownership.

According to UK Sun report, world's football governing body, FIFA are ready to slam Man City with the same ban handed to Chelsea for flouting rules guiding the transfer of minors following series of investigations.

That would be in line with the punishment Chelsea received for 29 breaches of article 19 of FIFA's regulations on the transfer and status of players.

Fifa's action is unlikely to be announced before next month as the final parts of the case have still to be...

This breaches having third-party owners hip of players as it seemingly gives City a clear hold on a player in another club.

Should City been handed a ban, they will be unable to strengthen their squad at the end of the season.

City will be without John Stones, Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho against Swansea, and Guardiola said they would also be unavailable for their countries during the worldwide break.

Centre-back Stones is still troubled by a groin injury, despite being on the bench against Schalke in midweek, and he is also set to miss England's upcoming matches with the Czech Republic and Montenegro.

City were drawn against Premier League rivals Tottenham in the Champions League quarter-finals on Friday and Guardiola knows his side will have to be at their best to control their potent attacking threat.

"When you play four teams and two in Europa [Arsenal and Chelsea] it's because the English clubs have gone through, it's incredible", he said. "That is the most important thing right now".

He said: "I can not say in every conference".

"I am not the right guy to talk about what the club says", he said. I'm (only) concerned about what I have to do in my job. "What is going to happen is going to happen".

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