The Lowdown: Walker’s spell on the sidelines
The Blues secured an astonishing 2-1 comeback victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League during midweek, so will be brimming with confidence heading to Molineux to take on Bruno Lage’s Old Gold on Saturday.
32-year-old Walker picked up an injury against Aston Villa two weeks ago which has seen him sidelined ever since, and following a fresh update, it still doesn’t sound like he’s quite ready to be involved in the action.
The Latest: Guardiola’s injury update
Speaking during his pre-match press conference on Friday, Guardiola confirmed that Walker is making good progress, but is likely not ready to return to the match-day squad.
As quoted by City’s official website, he said:
“Kyle is getting better, but I am not sure if he is ready for tomorrow.
“We will see this afternoon.
“Aymer is back in training but is not ready and Kalvin Phillips (who returned in midweek) is a little better.”
The Verdict: Blow for Pep
Guardiola not having Walker available for selection once again would come as a huge blow to the City boss, who will know how much of an important player he is in his starting XI.
The England international, dubbed a ‘stand out’ performer by sports journalist Josh Bunting, has a 91.1% pass success rate and has so far averaged 4.3 long balls per league game (WhoScored), becoming a key part of the side’s build-up from the back.
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This level of composure, along with his recovery pace going back, is something that will be easily noticed if absent, so the Spaniard will be hoping that he can get his experienced full-back on the pitch as soon as possible.
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