Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus off in tears with knee injury

Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend left competes for the ball with Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan during the English Premier League football match at Selhurst Park in London Sunday Dec. 31 2017

Puncheon was over exuberant and caught up in the pace and intensity of the game.

City play on Tuesday night against Watford as they look to return to winning ways after the draw against Palace snapped an 18-game winning streaking.

But, it was more than the result that City manager Pep Guardiola was irked about.

The Brazilian youngster overstretched during the first half of City's 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday, accidentally doing the splits.

First of all, Guardiola's squad is beginning to suffer from injuries and the absences of key players.

However, maybe more troubling for Pep Guardiola was witnessing star Kevin De Bruyne stretchered off in injury time with his leg in a brace after a horrifically mistimed challenge from Jason Puncheon as the visitors looked to break from the saved spot kick.

On top of the injuries, David Silva has played just one of City's last five games due to personal reasons.

NYC's first baby of the New Year born in Queens
Margaret Phelan from Newport, Co Tipperary, with her new, as-yet-unnamed baby girl at University Maternity Hospital Limerick . Figures for the first half of 2017 indicate the country is on course to record more than 60,000 births for the year.

But Jesus himself revealed on Instagram that he is not likely to require an operation.

Needs must and, with Sanchez eligible to play in the Champions League, it seems inconceivable that City will now not make an attempt to sign him this month.

Sergio Agüero will be the only center forward available to Guardiola.

There are then FA Cup and Carabao Cup ties against Burnley and Bristol City respectively before City travel to Liverpool on January 14.

The hosts now become only the second side in the English top-flight to claim a single point from the north west giants this term, which could have been three had Luka Milivojevic converted a last minute penalty. Guardiola estimates that De Bruyne may be out of commission for just a short while, and is positive that De Bruyne's recovery will be quick before he can get back on the field.

Manchester City's record-breaking 18-game Premier League winning streak came to an end at a rainy Selhurst Park on Sunday, with the Eagles nearly pulling off an unlikely victory.

Once injuries begin to drain the squad, fatigue can set in among those players left standing, with the physical toll truly beginning to tell in April and May, when batteries begin to run on empty. "But they can be out for a long time".

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