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Manchester City get major boost as Kyle Walker trains ahead of UCL clash against Real Madrid

John Stones, who suffered a recent muscular injury in their 3-0 win against Brighton, didn't join the training session and is set to miss the UCL clash.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 3 May 2022 7:28 pm

In what came as a significant relief for table topper Manchester City, star defender Kyle Walkers was seen training with other players ahead of a highly-anticipated clash with Real Madrid in the Champions League. But, John Stones, who suffered a recent muscular injury in their 3-0 win against Brighton, stayed away from the training session and is set to miss the semi-final clash.

Walker’s involvement is indeed a boost for City ahead of the trip to the Bernabeu, where City will hope to defend its 4-3 lead to book their place in the second successive Champions League final. Despite speculations over Walkers’ form, the defender is unlikely to be part of starting lineup. Reports have suggested that Pep Guardiola will address the media during his lunchtime on Tuesday about Walker’s presence in the lineup and will share an update about his fitness. Pep will also share an update on Nathan Ake, who came off with a problem at Elland Road.

John Stones was taken off after feeling discomfort in the win over Brighton, and while he returned to the starting lineup to face Real Madrid, he did not last long and did not travel with the squad to Leeds on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Ruben Dias has already made a strong comeback after a hamstring injury in recent weeks, and Joao Cancelo will return from suspension for this match to bolster the defence.

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