Douglas Luiz cannot play for Manchester City this season

England denied the Brazilian midfielder a work permit so he can't be Fernandinho's back up

Douglas Luiz jugó cedido en el Girona la pasada campanya
Douglas Luiz jugó cedido en el Girona la pasada campanya | sport

Pep Guardiola was dealt a blow Thursday with Douglas Luiz being refused a work permit to play in England.

Àlex Artigas

The Man City coach was hoping to use Douglas as a replacement for Fernandinho as and when required this season, but now it looks like he’ll have to go on loan at Girona or elsewhere again.

City did not bring in a player to cover for Yaya Toure leaving at the end of the season.

Pep hinted that John Stones could be used as a holding midfielder if needed, while Fabian Delph could also move back into midfielder after playing last season at left-back.

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