Manchester City v Liverpool: Kevin de Bruyne and Kyle Walker doubtful for FA Cup semi-final

Kevin de Bruyne and Kyle Walker were both injured in the midweek draw against Atletico Madrid
Date: saturday april 16 Place: Wembley Stadium
Cover: Live on BBC One at 3.30pm BST; Commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live; text updates on the BBC Sport website and app.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is unsure if Kevin de Bruyne and Kyle Walker will be fit to play in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, which is live on BBC One.

They have not trained since returning to England.

“We’ll see [on Saturday] about De Bruyne and Walker” Guardiola said.

“He [De Bruyne] has stitches in his calf, it’s not a muscle injury. Walker had a big rebound but he’s improving.”

Guardiola had more positive news about defender Ruben Dias, who has returned to training after being out since March with a hamstring injury.

Manchester City are playing just three days after drawing 0-0 at Madrid to secure a 1-0 aggregate win and advance to the Champions League semi-finals.

The team trained at Championship side Millwall to reduce travel distances between games.

“It’s exhausting traveling from Manchester to London,” Guardiola added.

“People at the club tried to find somewhere close to the ground, that’s why we used Millwall.”

Manchester City and Liverpool fell out extremely entertaining 2-2 draw in a top-flight Premier League clash last Sunday.

Both sides are battling it out for multiple trophies this season and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has said his side will treat Saturday’s game as a final to ensure they stay on the hunt for as much silverware as possible.

“You have to go all-in,” said the German, whose side beat Benfica in midweek to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

“Now imagine if we were playing against City and we thought, ‘Yeah, maybe we can do a little less there, there a little less’. No.

“Against City you always have to see it as a final, but now it’s the semi-final, that means it’s the only way to get to the final and we really want to go there.”

Liverpool to assess Diogo Jota after receiving knock in the 3-3 draw with Benfica on Wednesday otherwise the Reds have no further injury or suspension issues.

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