Kyle Walker has given Manchester City an harm scare forward of the Champions League remaining by sitting out coaching with a again downside.
The England right-back was not concerned because the treble-chasing Premier League champions held a session open to media forward of Saturday’s encounter with Inter Milan in Istanbul.
Walker was substituted within the final minute of City’s FA Cup remaining overcome Manchester United at Wembley final weekend.
The 33-year-old was made obtainable by the membership for media commitments on Tuesday, suggesting the problem was not too severe, however supervisor Pep Guardiola stated no probabilities had been being taken.
“He has had a disturbance in his back,” stated Guardiola at a press convention.
“Yesterday he was not good, today he was a little bit better but we didn’t want to take any risks. We will see what happens in the next days.”
City are bidding to win the Champions League for the primary time of their historical past and full an excellent treble after their Premier League and FA Cup successes already this season.
They are additionally seeking to erase the reminiscence of their painful loss to Chelsea within the remaining of 2021.
As three-time winners, Inter boast the larger European pedigree however City will go into the match as agency favourites towards the aspect that completed third in Serie A this time period.
Guardiola, nevertheless, insists what has occurred prior to now – and even present kind – counts for little now.
He stated: “It’s actually good to journey in a number of days to Istanbul. We go collectively and it’s a dream to be right here.
“Two years in the past we had been there however in several conditions with Covid.
“We’re going to try to do our best and we know the final is how you behave in that specific 95 minutes, not history.
“For history, they are better than us but it is about what you have to do to be better than the opponent in 95 minutes.
“It doesn’t count what you have done in the group stages or the Premier League or the FA Cup. We have to be better than them.”
Guardiola is comfy with the tag of favourites.
“We are used to it,” he stated. “Why should it be more dangerous? Accept the role and go out there knowing the quality of the opponents. We accept what people say, no problem.”
City’s kind within the latter a part of the season, once they reeled in Arsenal to win the Premier League and powered previous Bayern Munich and Real Madrid to succeed in this weekend’s showpiece, has been excellent.
Guardiola acknowledges confidence is excessive within the City squad however insists there can be no complacency.
He stated: “It is a final against a top team and we have to do it. We are confident, I’m so optimistic, but at the same time I cannot deny the quality of the opponent.
“I have never done that and especially not in the final of the Champions League.”