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Manchester City's Defensive Issues Improve as Kyle Walker, John Stones Train

Kyle Walker (Reuters Photo)

Kyle Walker (Reuters Photo)

Pep Guardiola might say at his weekly news conference on Friday whether Walker and Stones, who were both hurt against Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinals, are available for the game against Villa

Manchester City’s defensive problems appear to have improved ahead of the final round of the English Premier League on Sunday when the team requires a victory over Aston Villa to guarantee title retention.

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Right-back Kyle Walker and centre back John Stones were in training on Thursday, despite having previously been ruled out for the remainder of the season, along with defender Ruben Dias, by City manager Pep Guardiola.

Guardiola might say at his weekly news conference on Friday whether Walker and Stones, who were both hurt against Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinals, are available for the game against Villa.

Guardiola had to field a makeshift defence for last weekend’s game at West Ham and City were wide open at the back at times in a 2-2 draw that gave second-placed Liverpool renewed hope of snatching the title.

City will head into Sunday a point clear of Liverpool, who are at home to Wolverhampton in a match being played simultaneously.

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first published:May 19, 2022, 21:45 IST