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Manchester City sweating on fitness of their best player ahead of Arsenal clash

Manchester City are sweating on the fitness of their best player ahead of huge Premier League clash against Arsenal on Sunday

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Manchester City are hopeful that star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will be fit and available for their pivotal Premier League encounter against Arsenal on Sunday. 

De Bruyne, who sat out of the FA Cup quarter final victory against Newcastle United due to a groin injury, also missed international duty with Belgium during the recent break.

Reports from ESPN suggest that optimism surrounds De Bruyne’s return to fitness after he successfully completed a training session with the Under-23 squad on Tuesday. Additionally, Jack Grealish, who was absent from the England squad as he continues his recovery from a muscle injury, has been actively training at the City Football Academy this week.

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Kevin De Bruyne is a doubt against Arsenal

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is a doubt against Arsenal this weekend (Image credit: Getty Images)

While De Bruyne’s progress is being closely monitored by the medical staff, he is expected to rejoin first-team training on Thursday. The majority of City’s international players are expected to return to the club by Friday, allowing sufficient time for final preparations ahead of Arsenal’s visit to the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola is currently facing concerns over the fitness of Kyle Walker and John Stones. Walker sustained a hamstring injury during England’s recent defeat to Brazil, while Stones was withdrawn early from the draw against Belgium due to an adductor problem. Although Walker’s injury is believed to be minor, he faces a race against time to regain fitness for the upcoming clash against Arsenal.

Last April’s match became a pivotal moment in the downfall of the Gunners’ title aspirations, as Mikel Arteta’s team suffered a crushing 4-1 defeat last season. This costly loss left City trailing by just two points with two games in hand, effectively sealing their fate in the title race. 

However, Pep Guardiola’s side have encountered a more resilient Arsenal this season, having been beaten twice already. The north Londoners secured victories in the Community Shield and October’s reverse fixture, instilling renewed optimism in their ability to compete against City.

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