Manchester City could take a big step towards a second Champions League final in a row when they welcome Real Madrid to the Etihad Stadium after Watford’s convincing 5-1 win in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Pep Guardiola’s men are engaged in an intense title race with Liverpool, which released them from all further cup obligations a few weeks ago with a 3-2 win over the Blues in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, although City cleared one point. stays. of Jurgen Klopp’s men in the table.
The Blues missed Kyle Walker and John Stones on their weekend against Watford, as Gabriel Jesus scored four goals following recent reports linking the Brazilian with a summer exit from the Etihad Stadium.
Walker has not played for the Premier League champions since the full-back injured in City’s exciting draw to Atlético Madrid in the quarter-final of the second leg.
The England international was banned from the match selection against Watford last weekend and Pep Guardiola said after his side’s victory that it remained to be seen if Walker would be able to recover in time to face Real Madrid†
During his pre-match press conference on Monday afternoon, the Manchester City boss confirmed that Walker will be further assessed before a decision is made on whether the 31-year-old can make the cut.
Guardiola went on to say that a decision was also yet to be made on John Stones’ condition after the centre-back suffered a hamstring injury in City’s 3-0 win over Brighton last week.
However, it can be confirmed that Walker and Stones both missed first team group training on Monday afternoon – indicating that the Blues will be without the England pair on Tuesday night for the first leg against Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
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With Joao Cancelo banned from the game after receiving a yellow card against Atlético Madrid in the second leg of City’s quarter-finals, it remains to be seen who will be the right-back of the Premier League front-runners.
In his press conference on Monday, Guardiola said: “They haven’t trained for Kyle (Walker) and John (Stones) in the last ten days – since Brighton.
“We have training today and we will see how the players are. Tonight, tomorrow, we will determine the line-up.
“I’m waiting for training to see how they feel. I’m sureThe players will play in positions they don’t use, but they will do their best.”
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