Manchester City predicted line-up  v Real Madrid.Manchester City predicted line-up  v Real Madrid.
Manchester City predicted line-up v Real Madrid.

Man City predicted line-up v Real Madrid: Five changes with major Kyle Walker decision - gallery

Pep Guardiola is expected to recall several rested players for Wednesday’s quarter-final second leg.

Manchester City could have a fully fit squad for Wednesday’s Champions League second leg against Real Madrid, with Pep Guardiola confirming that Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake should be available again.

The pair, who have missed the last five and four matches respectively due to injury, were unused substitutes last weekend in the 5-1 win over Luton Town, with John Stones the only player missing from the matchday squad. Guardiola revealed after the game that the former Everton man was ‘not injured’ but suffering with a minor ‘niggle’, so should be available against Madrid.

It means that Walker and Ake are the only real question marks heading into the quarter-final clash at the Etihad. 

Both Guardiola and Bernardo Silva spoke of Walker’s importance in the build up to the second leg and his potential selection up against Vinicius Junior could be the deciding factor in the double-legged tie.

“Of course Walker is important. The attributes and quality of Kyle everyone knows it, he is special,” opined Guardiola in Tuesday’s press conference.

“Obviously big to have him back, he's our captain. He had played against Vinicius, [Kylian] Mbappe and Neymar, and he knows how to defend against them like no other,” was the verdict of Silva.

Elsewhere, several City stars who were rested at the weekend are expected to return to the team, including Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish. With all that mind, here’s how we expect City to line up for the crucial Champions League encounter on Wednesday…

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