Pep Guardiola has admitted he doesn’t know if Kyle Walker will play for Manchester City once more this season.
The England right-back has missed City’s final 4 video games with an ankle damage suffered in a bruising Champions League encounter with Atletico Madrid earlier this month.
Walker will certainly miss the Premier League leaders’ journey to Leeds as we speak and is now additionally wanting uncertain for the Champions League semi-final second leg at Real Madrid on Wednesday.
Asked at a press convention if he knew whether or not Walker would return this season, Guardiola stated on Friday: “I don’t know right now.”
City are at a vital juncture of their season, with little margin for error, as they chase home and European glory.
With 5 Premier League video games remaining they held a one-point lead over Liverpool on the prime of the desk going into as we speak’s matches.
Their tie with Real can be delicately poised after Tuesday’s compelling 4-3 draw towards the Spanish giants on the Etihad Stadium.
With various crunch fixtures forward, Guardiola stated it was necessary to deal with the gamers he knew have been match.
He stated: “He’s injured – unfortunately for all of us and him especially – but I don’t pay attention. He has to work to come back as soon as possible. I am focused on the rest of the players.”
Fellow defender John Stones can be unavailable this weekend after hobbling off within the first half in midweek however may very well be in rivalry by Wednesday.
Guardiola stated: “For tomorrow John is out and we will see for Wednesday.”
Jurgen Klopp this week signed a brand new contract with Liverpool, committing himself to the Anfield outfit till 2026.
Guardiola’s contract at City expires on the finish of subsequent season however he insists Klopp’s state of affairs won’t immediate him to attempt to hurry his personal renewal determination.
The Spaniard stated: “I do not know. The focus is on Leeds. That’s the necessary factor.
“Congratulations to Jurgen and Liverpool. I feel it is actually good for the Premier League. I want him all one of the best for the long run. My future is Leeds, our future is Leeds after which the tip of the season.
“I’m having fun with this a part of the season and after we’ll have time. I’m extremely joyful and couldn’t be in a greater place to be working.
“I cannot visualise a better place but it’s not just me, it’s many things, other situations. With calmness, we are going to take the decision we are going to take.”