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Manchester City sustain Kyle Walker injury blow as club captain forced off in England action against Brazil



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Pep Guardiola and his coaching staff have been left sweating over the fitness and injury severity sustained by Kyle Walker in action for England against Brazil on Saturday.

Manchester City will return from the ongoing international break with a mammoth Premier League showdown against Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium, and as such will be hoping their 16 players called up for duty return without problem.

However, as the first set of fixtures continue to be played out across the globe, the Premier League champions have now sustained their first major problem, with club captain Kyle Walker forced off the field at Wembley Stadium.

With Harry Kane ruled out of the match through injury, it had been confirmed prior to kick-off that Walker would assume the role of England captain, but those responsibilities were cut short inside the opening 20 minutes.

Manchester City will likely be watching the ongoing international contests holding their breath ahead of a crunch run of fixtures throughout April in particular, and a new blow to their defensive unit was sustained during England’s friendly on Saturday night.

Whilst preventing a potential opening goal for the South American side, utilising his explosive pace to full effect, Kyle Walker appeared to sustain a hamstring problem in his left leg, and despite attempting to continue, he was forced off the field moments later.

It remains to be seen how severe Kyle Walker’s problem is, and whether his setback will prevent involvement in Manchester City’s clash at the Etihad Stadium against Arsenal in the top-flight on Sunday 31 March.

Pep Guardiola is not scheduled to address the media until his pre-Arsenal press conference next Friday, however England boss Gareth Southgate and the Football Association are likely to provide an update on Walker’s injury problem in due course.

The meeting with Mikel Arteta’s side represents the first of many crunch fixtures for the reigning Treble winners throughout the month of April, including an FA Cup semi-final meeting with Chelsea and a UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid.

The English top-flight also presents a number of hugely important contests for Pep Guardiola and his players, including challenging away trips against Crystal Palace, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Nottingham Forest.