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Man City duo miss training ahead of Arsenal clash as two others ‘play through fractures’ | Football | Sport

England duo John Stones and Kyle Walker were not involved in Manchester City training on Thursday, as Pep Guardiola’s side prepare for Sunday’s big title tussle against Arsenal. It’s yet another blow for Guardiola, as reports emerge that two other players have been suffering with ‘fractures’.

Neither Stones or Walker were pictured with the rest of their City team-mates on Thursday afternoon, with the pair now at risk of missing the game against Arsenal. Walker was hauled off early doors during England’s friendly with Brazil on Saturday evening, before Stones suffered a similar fate against Belgium on Tuesday. The two were said to be undergoing scans to figure out the severity of their injuries earlier this week, but the early signs, at least from a City point of view, don’t look great.

It’s presented Guardiola with a headache ahead of Sunday’s vital game against the Gunners, as two more City stars are also believed to be carrying knocks. As per The Daily Mail, both Ruben Dias and Phil Foden have suffered ‘fractures in their hands’, but are currently choosing to play through the pain instead.

Eagle-eyed supporters had noticed the duo were sporting hand wraps in recent fixtures, with the report stating Dias’ issue stemmed from City’s FA Cup fourth-round win over Tottenham Hotspur back in February, while Foden picked up a similar injury a week later. Despite what is likely to have been considerable pain for the two, neither have missed any football because of it, with Foden and Dias involved in every matchday squad since.

It isn’t all doom and gloom for Guardiola though, as five players who were thought to be at risk of missing the Arsenal game were involved in Thursday’s training session. Much like Walker and Stones, Matheus Nunes and Manuel Akanji were forced to head home from international duty ahead of schedule, but are now believed to be back fit and firing.

This is also the case for Jack Grealish and Kevin De Bruyne, who sat out the March international break because of recent injury worries for the two. Grealish hasn’t been involved for City since late February when the forward was substituted during the first half of City’s FA Cup clash against Luton Town. Whereas De Bruyne, who has been an ever-present in Guardiola’s side of late, withdrew from the Belgium squad because of a minor groin concern.

Ederson is the fifth and final City ace that has returned to training, with the Brazilian having been out of action since the treble winners’ trip to Anfield in mid-March. The shot-stopper was substituted during the second half against Liverpool, but he could return to the starting XI and take back over from astute deputy Stefan Ortega for the Blues’ crucial clash against Arsenal on Sunday.

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