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Pep Guardiola issues triple Manchester City injury update ahead of Crystal Palace trip



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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has provided a major update on the fitness of Ederson, Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake ahead of Saturday’s visit to Selhurst Park.

The treble-winners face their third Premier League match in just six days on Saturday afternoon, travelling to London for a clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, following quick-fire matches against Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side returned to winning ways in midweek, beating Aston Villa 4-1, courtesy of Phil Foden’s sensational hat-trick – the 23-year-olds second in the Premier League this season.

Manchester City could move level on points with league leaders Liverpool and ahead of Arsenal with a win over Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, with the Eagles currently eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Pep Guardiola’s side collapsed to a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture in December, as Palace bounced back from 2-0 down with goals in the 76th and 95th minute.

Manchester City are unbeaten since early December however, and are unbeaten in their past four matches against Palace in all competitions.

Saturday’s Premier League fixture comes prior to Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash with Real Madrid, with Manchester City facing three injury concerns ahead of both games.

Ederson, Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake all missed the midweek win over Villa, with Ederson and Walker having also been absent for last Sunday’s goalless draw with Arsenal.

Pep Guardiola confirmed that both Walker and Ake would miss Saturday’s visit to Selhurst Park, however Ederson could be in contention to return for the first time since being forced off at Anfield last month.

The Brazilian suffered an injury after a collision with Darwin Nunez, and as well as missing three Manchester City fixtures, the goalkeeper also had to withdraw from international duty with Brazil.

Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland could both return for Manchester City this weekend, after the pair were dropped for Wednesday’s win at the Etihad Stadium.