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Pep Guardiola provides harm updates on key gamers forward of dealing with Arsenal


Kyle Walker and John Stones have been dominated out of Sunday’s enormous Premier League conflict with Arsenal, however each Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish could possibly be concerned.

Ederson can be anticipated to return within the Manchester Metropolis objective after being dominated out for the reason that 1-1 draw with Liverpool earlier this month. There are not any lingering doubts over Manuel Akanji both.

“Kyle’s [injury is] extra robust than John’s however they are going to be out…I do not know for what number of video games. [Ederson is] a lot better,” Pep Guardiola defined at a press convention on Friday.

Having led England out as captain for under the second time, Walker needed to be substituted after simply 20 minutes in opposition to Brazil on account of a hamstring drawback. Stones performed the total recreation however was then an early casualty himself a number of days later solely ten minutes into the Belgium conflict.

Stones has already missed loads of soccer this season on account of a hip harm at the beginning of the marketing campaign, however the 29-year-old has began six of Metropolis’s final eight Premier League video games and so his absence in opposition to Arsenal comes as a blow for the reigning champions.

Walker is much more of a miss, beginning 25 of 28 Premier League fixtures up to now in 2023/24 and taking up the captaincy when De Bruyne was dominated out for 5 months between August and January.

John Stones

John Stones lasted ten minutes for England in opposition to Belgium / Visionhaus/GettyImages

De Bruyne missed the FA Cup quarter-final win in opposition to Newcastle United earlier than the worldwide break after which did not hyperlink up with Belgium both. However he skilled on Thursday, giving him a number of days to construct his health earlier than the Arsenal recreation. Grealish was additionally current on the coaching pitch, having not been seen since 13 February off the bench within the Champions League in opposition to Copenhagen.

Just one level separates your complete Premier League prime three at this superior stage of the season. Arsenal cleared the path on objective distinction from Liverpool, with Metropolis some extent again in third place. Liverpool are in motion in opposition to Brighton & Hove Albion earlier on Sunday and can hope to be three factors clear by the point kick-off on the Etihad Stadium occurs. If Liverpool have gained, a draw would not actually assist both Metropolis or Arsenal with so few video games left and little to no margin for error.

Metropolis are focusing on a fourth successive title, one thing which has by no means occurred in 136 years of league soccer in England. In the meantime, Arsenal need their first title in 20 years.