Manchester City are dealing with mounting injuries ahead of their FA Cup semi-final with Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola’s side went to war against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night (April 13), claiming many casualties. Phil Foden had to be bandaged after picking up a nasty head injury early on, while Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker limped off in the second half.
“We have big problems, so we can’t forget that we played three days ago, travelled, came here, have a lot of injuries now and I don’t know what will happen in the next few weeks,” Guardiola said.
“But today we are celebrating because it is the third time in Manchester City history that we have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. We cannot play all the time and score four or five goals. , we are human beings – we came from a tough game against Liverpool.”
City have little time to recuperate with their trip to Wembley arriving quickly on Saturday (April 16). Although their opponents also played at the same time, Jurgen Klopp was able to rest several first-team players against Benfica.
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Mohamed Salah, Fabinho, Sadio Mane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Thiago and Virgil van Dijk have all been dropped on the bench, with the Reds boss making full use of the five-substitution rule in Europe.
Guardiola didn’t have that freedom and could therefore be worse off than his counterpart this weekend. Star man De Bruyne is a doubt as he was seen with ice around his leg after being substituted.
And right-back Walker appeared to be in severe pain after awkwardly twisting his ankle clearing the ball. It seems unlikely that he will be fit to start against Liverpool.
Klopp is not without concern as he revealed in his post-match media features that Diogo Jota had ‘taken a blow’. But the German still has a wealth of attacking options to choose from.