Premier League leaders Manchester City will probably be without injured defenders Kyle Walker and John Stones for Saturday’s (Apr 30) trip to Leeds United with the previous probably out for the season, supervisor Pep Guardiola mentioned.
The Spaniard instructed reporters on Friday that England worldwide Stones might miss subsequent week’s Champions League semi-final second leg at Real Madrid after limping off within the 4-3 win on the Etihad.
“For tomorrow, he’s out, and we’ll see for Wednesday,” mentioned Guardiola.
Joao Cancelo is again from suspension to fill in at right-back, nonetheless.
City are a degree away from Liverpool on the prime of the standings, however may very well be behind by the point they play at Elland Road, with their rivals within the early kick-off at Newcastle United.
Leeds are sixteenth, however 5 factors away from the drop zone and unbeaten of their final 5 matches. They misplaced 7-0 at City in December.
Guardiola congratulated Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp on signing a brand new contract retaining him at Anfield till 2026 however mentioned that might don’t have any bearing on whether or not he prolonged his personal cope with City.
“Why should it make an impact? Everyone has his situation, if we decide to stay longer it’s because together we decided, not because my colleague Jurgen extends his contract or not. I don’t see the relation,” he mentioned.
“I think it’s really good for the Premier League he extend the contract.”
Guardiola, who joined City in 2016, mentioned that he was targeted on the subsequent few weeks and the title battle, and had no time for talks about his personal future.
“I have the feeling that one year is a long time, so we are six seasons together,” he added.
“I’m having fun with this a part of the season and after we’ve time. We have an unbelievable relationship with my membership, my chairman, CEO, sporting director.
“You know my opinion. I am incredibly happy, I could not be in a better place in my life to work in right now than here. I cannot visualise a better place. But it’s not just about me, it’s about many things.”
The Spaniard mentioned that Leeds could be tough opponents, with a passionate crowd, however his gamers knew what that they had to do.
“I have a lot of respect,” he mentioned of Jesse Marsch’s facet. “We accept the challenge and we know exactly what you have to do and we are going to try and do it.”
Source : channelnewsasia.com