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Man City facing injury crisis ahead of Arsenal clash on Sunday

Pep Guardiola is facing a colossal challenge as Manchester City prepare to host Arsenal in what promises to be a titanic Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.

Arsenal are the current Premier League leaders on 64 points, with Man City breathing down their necks, just one point separates both sides.

The reigning champions find themselves in the the middle of an injury crisis, with several key players uncertain to feature in the pivotal encounter.

The prospect of missing seven major names, including the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Kyle Walker, John Stones, and Manuel Akanji, looms large over Guardiola’s preparations.

The defensive lineup, in particular, poses a significant headache for the City boss, with three key defenders potentially sidelined due to injuries sustained on international duty.

De Bruyne’s potential absence arguably stands out as the most concerning. The midfield maestro’s creative prowess and influence in City’s gameplay are undeniable.

Moreover, the fitness of Jack Grealish and Matheus Nunes remains uncertain, adding further complexity to Guardiola’s selection dilemmas.

The injury bug hasn’t spared City’s goalkeeper, with Ederson’s availability also hanging in the balance following his premature departure in the recent clash against Liverpool.

Nunes, though primarily a squad player, adds to the growing list of concerns after reporting a foot injury during the international break.

Despite these setbacks, Guardiola remains hopeful of De Bruyne’s inclusion, albeit potentially from the bench if not fully fit.

City’s fixture list presents another layer of concern, with a flurry of crucial matches on the horizon, including a Champions League quarter-final showdown with Real Madrid and an FA Cup semi-final clash against Chelsea.

The relentless schedule amplifies the urgency for Guardiola to navigate through the injury woes and maintain momentum across all competitions.

On the other side, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta faces his own fitness concerns, with Bukayo Saka and Gabriel both nursing injuries.

The availability of these key players could tip the scales in Arsenal’s favour as they look to secure a positive result away from home.