Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker are big doubts for Manchester City‘s FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool on Saturday.
The pair were both substituted after picking up injuries during Wednesday’s fierce Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital.
Both players were unable to take part as City held a training session at Millwall’s The Den on Friday after traveling straight to London following their European efforts.
Manager Pep Guardiola confirmed playmaker De Bruyne needed stitches on a foot wound, while Walker suffered a twisted ankle.
At a press conference at the Championship Club grounds, Guardiola said: “You didn’t train today. We’ll see tomorrow but apparently it would be so close after what happened on Wednesday.”
The ill-tempered affair with Atletico ended in a scuffle involving several players from both sides in stoppage time, and further scuffles broke out in the tunnel after the players left the field.
Guardiola did not want to comment immediately after the game and was not in the mood to do so even after two days of reflection.
“That’s in the past,” he said. “I don’t talk about it. We have an important game tomorrow.”
One player who was able to train on Friday was defender Ruben Dias, who was not brought on in midweek having been out since early March with a hamstring injury.
Guardiola said: “He trained today. It was his third session with us.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/kevin-de-bruyne-and-kyle-walker-major-doubts-for-man-citys-fa-cup-semi-final-showdown-with-liverpool-41557499.html Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker have big doubts about Man City’s FA Cup semi-final showdown against Liverpool