Defender Kyle Walker was absent from training on Tuesday in a setback for Manchester City, raising doubts about his availability for the upcoming Champions League final. Manager Pep Guardiola anxiously awaits Walker’s recovery before the highly anticipated clash.
The English international is grappling with a back issue he sustained during the FA Cup final against Manchester United on Saturday. Walker was substituted in the last minute of the game, which City won 2-1 at Wembley.
With the Champions League final against Inter Milan scheduled for this Saturday in Istanbul, Walker faces a race against time to prove his fitness. Guardiola provided an update, stating, “He experienced discomfort in his back. Yesterday [Monday], he was not in good condition, but today he showed slight improvement. We didn’t want to take any risks and will monitor his progress in the coming days.”
The absence of Walker, a key player in City’s defensive setup, would pose a significant challenge for Guardiola and his team as they aim to secure their first-ever Champions League title.