Man City handed boost as Kyle Walker returns ahead of clash with Arsenal

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Man City handed boost as Kyle Walker returns from illness ahead of clash with Arsenal for first time since seeing red in Champions League deadrubber against RB Leipzig  

  • Kyle Walker returned to training on Thursday ahead of league clash with Arsenal
  • The full back has not played since red card in deadrubber against RB Leipzig
  • The 31-year-old has missed Manchester City’s last four matches through illness


Manchester City have been handed a timely boost with the return of Kyle Walker.

Walker has not played since seeing red during the Champions League deadrubber against RB Leipzig earlier in the month.

The 31-year-old has missed City’s last four matches through illness but returned to training on Thursday.

Man City received a timely boost as Kyle Walker (right) returned to training on Thursday

Man City received a timely boost as Kyle Walker (right) returned to training on Thursday

Walker comes into contention to face Arsenal on Saturday as the Premier League champions aim to extend their lead to 11 points.

Walker has not played since receiving a red card against RB Leipzig earlier this month

Walker has not played since receiving a red card against RB Leipzig earlier this month 

Joao Cancelo and Nathan Ake filled the full back positions during the 1-0 victory at Brentford in midweek, with Oleksandr Zinchenko also pushing for a recall at the Emirates Stadium.

Pep Guardiola has the option of resting Cancelo after Walker participated in a session at the club’s training base that was originally scheduled to take place down in London.

Guardiola had been set on keeping the squad in the capital ahead of the Arsenal fixture but changed his plans and they instead travelled back to the North West, offering players extra time with their families.

Meanwhile, Guardiola is unsure whether Rodri will be available for the weekend. Club captain Fernandinho has been deputising in central midfield in the Spain international’s absence but the City manager may look to shuffle his pack.

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