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Man City squad news: Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker unable to train ahead of Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final

Both players were injured in Wednesday’s moody Champions League quarter-final second leg with Atletico Madrid in Spain, with De Bruyne pictured with an ice pack on the bench after being injured during a a tackle from Felipe and Walker later seen in a boot protector.

Reports first emerged on Thursday night claiming De Bruyne will miss a second meeting with Liverpool within six days of scoring the opening goal in last weekend’s 2-2 Premier League draw at the Etihad Stadium, with Walker being considered unlikely to succeed either.

And City boss Pep Guardiola then revealed in his pre-match press conference that neither player was able to train on Friday, leaving them as major doubts to present at Wembley.

It has now been confirmed that De Bruyne needed stitches for a foot injury following the goalless draw with Atletico which saw City contest a European heavyweight semi-final against Real Madrid, while Walker twisted his ankle.

“They didn’t train today,” Guardiola said on Friday. “We’ll see tomorrow but apparently it would be so close after what happened on Wednesday.”

Key centre-back Ruben Dias was an unusual substitute for City at Madrid, having returned to the matchday squad for the first time since early March after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker set to miss FA Cup clash between Manchester City and Liverpool

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Last season’s Premier League Player of the Year is in contention for a role against Liverpool after training again without issue on Friday.

“He trained today,” Guardiola said. “It was his third session with us.”

The City boss is said to be drawn no further by Wednesday’s ugly scenes at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, where the two groups of players clashed on the pitch and in the tunnel, which could yet lead to UEFA action .

“It’s the past,” Guardiola said. “I don’t talk about it. We have an important game tomorrow.


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