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Guardiola: Kyle Walker Faces Late Fitness Test Ahead of Real Madrid Clash

Manchester City’s captain, Kyle Walker, is undergoing a late fitness assessment to determine his availability for the upcoming Champions League quarter-final second leg against Real Madrid, particularly to contend with the threat posed by Vinicius Jr.

Walker has been sidelined for City’s last five matches due to an injury sustained while on international duty with England. However, he made a return to the bench during the recent 5-1 victory over Luton Town.

Given Walker’s history of successfully nullifying Vinicius’s impact in previous encounters, his potential inclusion in the starting lineup could prove crucial for City’s defensive strategy.

Pep Guardiola remains optimistic about Walker’s condition, noting his positive demeanor in training this week. While the final decision regarding Walker’s involvement is yet to be determined, Guardiola suggests that the English defender could feature either from the start or as a substitute.

In addition to Walker, defenders Nathan Ake and goalkeeper Ederson are also back in contention after missing the first leg.

Meanwhile, midfielder Bernardo Silva highlights City’s ambition to replicate last season’s treble-winning success as their primary source of motivation. Silva emphasizes the desire to establish a lasting legacy by securing consecutive Premier League titles and Champions League triumphs, a feat achieved only by Real Madrid.

Despite the formidable challenges ahead, Silva expresses confidence in City’s determination to pursue their goals relentlessly and create a historic legacy in European football.


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