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The latest on Kyle Walker, John Stones, and Rodri ahead of Manchester City vs Copenhagen (UEFA Champions League)

Freddie Pye

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The latest on Kyle Walker, John Stones, and Rodri ahead of Manchester City vs Copenhagen (UEFA Champions League)

Manchester City host Danish giants Copenhagen on Wednesday night on matchday three of the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Pep Guardiola comes in to his next challenge of the 2022/23 season off the back of an emphatic derby day victory.

Manchester City cruised past Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, largely thanks to a totally dominant first-half that saw the Premier League champions lead 4-0 at the half-time interval.

Erling Haaland and Phil Foden both scored a hat-trick in a game that finished 6-3 and ensured City continued their unbeaten start to the new season.

However, the goals conceded were not the only down points for Guardiola to have to contend with.

While the Manchester derby saw a welcome return for Aymeric Laporte, it also saw a fresh injury sustained by Kyle Walker in the first-half.

That problem sustained by the England international came after Rodri was left out of the matchday squad with a calf problem.

Ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League clash against Copenhagen, Manchester City have held an open training session which provides an insight into which players should be available this week.

That came after a press conference from Pep Guardiola, who offered his own update on various players in his squad.

Here is your comprehensive round-up of team news and injury updates from both the Manchester City camp and Copenhagen!

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Manchester City Team News

After sustaining a calf problem in the build-up to the Manchester derby, many City fans were left worried about the severity of the problem being handled by defensive midfielder Rodri.

However, speaking during his pre-match press conference, Pep Guardiola revealed that the Spain international "feels better".

As for Kyle Walker, who picked up a problem in the first-half of Manchester City's 6-3 win over Manchester United, the full-back was ruled out for the Champions League clash with Copenhagen, and missed first-team training on Tuesday afternoon.

Manchester City's Kyle Walker.
Manchester City's Kyle Walker.

While there was no further update on John Stones, the centre-back also missed training on Tuesday, with Pep Guardiola stating last week that the 28 year-old would miss no more than two weeks.

Kalvin Phillips also continues to recover from shoulder surgery, with Pep Guardiola revealing a desire to see his summer signing back in action for Manchester City before the World Cup - which gets underway in mid-November.

Speaking during his press conference on Tuesday, Guardiola said when asked whether Phillips could play again before Qatar, "I hope so. I hope for him and the (England) national team. But I am not a physio – the doctor told me he is doing good."

Copenhagen Team News

The Danish club's manager Jacob Neestrup continues to deal with two significant, long-term injuries for the visitors.

Both midfielder Zeca, and winger Akinkunmi Amoo are ruled out until June 2023 with ligament ruptures.

Featured Image Credit: Sportimage / Alamy

Topics: Manchester City, Premier League, Football, Champions League, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Kalvin Phillips, Rodri

Freddie Pye
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