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Man City: Guardiola without Walker for Dortmund clash

Man City: Guardiola without Walker for Dortmund clash -Manchester City News

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will have to cope without star defender Kyle Walker for tonight’s Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund.

The Lowdown: Sky Blues flying…

The Premier League champions have come flying out the blocks in all competitions so far this season, remaining unbeaten both domestically and in Europe.

Guardiola’s side are yet to concede defeat in the league and have started this year’s European campaign with a convincing 4-0 win away to La Liga giants Sevilla.

Marquee summer signing Erling Haaland has been grabbing all the headlines with his imperious form and City supporters will be excited to see what this season holds with the Norwegian up front.

However, as City prepare to take on the striker’s former side in the Champions League group stage tonight, Guardiola has some bad news involving star defender Walker.

The Latest: Walker out…

The England international, who has been a crucial mainstay for the Sky Blues in recent seasons, will be absent as he remains sidelined.

Indeed, while compatriot John Stones has returned to full training, the same cannot be said of Walker who is yet to take to the grass.

Guardiola explained to City’s official website:

“John is training, but Kyle isn’t. John is fit and good.”

The Verdict: Blow for Pep…

While Joao Cancelo is a good name to call upon for the right-back role against Dortmund tonight, City will be missing Walker’s recovery pace and will want him back available as soon as possible.

Perhaps one of the more undervalued players of Guardiola’s star-studded squad, the 32-year-old provides real speed and power on the overlap going forward too.

Former Sheffield United midfielder and boxer Curtis Woodhouse is certainly a fan with the ex-British light welterweight champion calling Walker ‘world class’ and ‘elite’ – not to mention the ‘most underrated player in world football’ (via Twitter).

Indeed, the ex-Tottenham star will be a miss until his return.

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