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Manchester United and Liverpool reveal major injury blows ahead of crunch Manchester City fixtures



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Manchester United and Liverpool have both revealed potential major absences for their upcoming Premier League matches against Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola’s side face both Manchester United and Liverpool early next month, with the two matches against the Blues’ North West rivals potentially proving defining in Manchester City’s Premier League title quest.

Manchester City are bidding to win a record-breaking fourth consecutive Premier League title but are currently amidst a major battle with Liverpool and Arsenal, as just five points currently separate the three teams.

City can move to within one point of the top of the table with a win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday evening, meanwhile Arsenal could themselves close the gap with a win over Newcastle United.

Liverpool beat Luton Town on Wednesday evening ahead of facing Chelsea in the Carabao Cup this Sunday, and return to Premier League action against Nottingham Forest next weekend prior to hosting City at Anfield on Sunday 10th March.

City’s trip to Merseyside comes after the Manchester derby, with United visiting the Etihad Stadium on Sunday 3rd March.

Manchester City drew with Liverpool in the reverse fixture late November but did beat United at Old Trafford in October.

United could be without striker Rasmus Hojlund next weekend after the Danish striker suffered an injury in training, sidelining the 21-year-old for two to three weeks according to Erik ten Hag.

Liverpool are also facing the prospect of being without a number of players for the visit of City, with Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones ruled out until after the March international break, according to Pep Ljinders.

Manchester City themselves could be without both Jack Grealish and Josko Gvardiol for the fixtures due to injuries, meanwhile Kevin De Bruyne has also recently faced a minor setback following his return.

The 32-year-old was an unused substitute in midweek against Brentford, and is being assessed ahead of this weekend’s trip to Bournemouth.