Man City defender Kyle Walker is an injury doubt ahead of Saturday evening’s Champions League final against Inter Milan.
This according to today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, via FCInterNews, who report that the 33-year-old Englishman’s fitness could go down to the wire as far as playing against the Nerazzurri.
City defender Walker had to come off late as a substitute in his team’s FA Cup final win over city rivals Manchester United.
It was not immediately clear whether this was because of a serious injury or just a precaution.
Walker is a key player for the Cityzens. The former Tottenham Hotspur player’s recovery pace is important to City’s backline. He can also often be proficient at getting forward and joining the attack.
Tuttosport note that Walker is certainly gearing up to be a part of the final. However, where the questions arise is in whether he’ll be at his best for the final.
Kyle Walker Fitness Could Go Down To The Wire For Inter Milan Showdown
Walker himself has confirmed that he plans to be part of the final.
Obviously a match like Saturday’s is not one that comes along very often in a player’s career. This will represent a huge opportunity for the Englishman, who’s won just about everything there is to win with the Cityzens but not yet European club football’s most important prize.
However, the player’s fitness could give City coach Pep Guardiola pause.
If the Englishman is not yet close to 100% fore the final, he may start on the bench. In this case, Nathan Ake would be waiting in the wings to start in the Premier League champions’ backline.
Meanwhile for Inter, there are a couple of injury doubts. Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan should be fit to be in the squad. However, the former Arsenal and Roma man is just coming back from a thigh injury.
There are one or doubts about his match-fitness.
Meanwhile, forward Joaquin Correa is recovering from a calf injury.