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Manchester City suffer double injury blow while two others return ahead of Arsenal clash

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that two key players will miss the Premier League title clash against Arsenal

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that two key players will miss the Premier League title clash against Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Speaking at his press conference on Friday ahead of the game, Guardiola confirmed that defenders John Stones and Kyle Walker will not be available for selection against Arsenal. 

Walker’s absence was confirmed after he was forced off during the first half of England’s 1-0 defeat to Brazil at Wembley Stadium. Shortly after, Stones suffered an injury early in England’s 2-2 draw with Belgium, further compounding City’s defensive woes.

Guardiola refrained from providing specifics on the duration of their absence, stating, “Kyle’s [injury is] more tough than John’s but they will be out- I don’t know for how many games.”

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Despite the setbacks in defence, there were positive updates on the injury front for City. Guardiola mentioned that goalkeeper Ederson is “much better,” hinting at his potential availability for the Arsenal clash. Additionally, Guardiola stated that Manuel Akanji was “okay,” offering reassurance about the defender’s fitness.

Manchester City defenders John Stones and Kyle Walker will miss Sunday's match against Arsenal

Manchester City defenders John Stones and Kyle Walker will miss Sunday’s match against Arsenal (Image credit: Getty Images

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For Arsenal, the concerns emerged earlier, with Bukayo Saka withdrawing from England’s camp, and both Gabriel Magalhaes and Gabriel Martinelli forced to withdraw from Brazil’s squad.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hinted that the trio are in contention to face Manchester City. “There’s a chance to see Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhães playing against Man City, yeah. They have not trained yet, tomorrow we have another session… but there is a chance they can be part of the squad”.

To end a nine-year winless streak at Manchester City, Arsenal will need to muster their full strength. Mikel Arteta’s side currently leads the Premier League title race by two points, seeking their first league championship in two decades.

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