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De Bruyne and Haaland FA Cup Semi-Final Availability

De Bruyne and Haaland availability

Manchester City faces a nervous wait regarding the availability of key players Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland for their crucial FA Cup semi-final clash against Chelsea this Saturday.

Both De Bruyne and Haaland were forced off during the intense Champions League encounter against Real Madrid on Wednesday, raising concerns about their participation in the upcoming cup tie.

Haaland Feels a Niggle

Guardiola revealed that Haaland experienced a muscular issue that prevented him from continuing beyond normal time. While the manager hasn’t ruled him out entirely, Haaland’s participation remains uncertain.

De Bruyne And Haaland Availability

Photo showing Erling Haaland at Manchester City training ground. (Credit: Manchester City Website)

De Bruyne’s Fatigue a Concern

De Bruyne, who recently returned from a long-term hamstring injury, reportedly struggled with exhaustion after a demanding match against Real Madrid. Guardiola acknowledges that De Bruyne’s fitness might be limited due to his recent recovery period.

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Guardiola Emphasizes Demanding Schedule

The City manager highlighted the congested fixture schedule as a contributing factor to player fatigue. He pointed out the lack of recovery time between matches, coupled with the high intensity of their playing style, as reasons behind these fitness concerns.

Waiting Game for City

With the FA Cup semi-final just days away, City will closely monitor the recovery of both De Bruyne and Haaland in the coming hours. Their absence would significantly blow the team’s hopes of progressing in the competition.

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