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24-man Manchester City squad revealed in final training session ahead of Real Madrid showdown



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Pep Guardiola had a 24-man squad present and available in his final Manchester City training session before Wednesday night’s meeting with Real Madrid.

The reigning champions of Europe’s premier club competition will meet in the second-leg of their quarter-final clash on Wednesday night at the Etihad Stadium, following an enthralling first 90 minutes in the Spanish capital last week.

An opening goal from Bernardo Silva inside the opening two minutes set the tempo for the tie, before an own goal from Ruben Dias and a counter-attacking strike from Rodrygo moved Real Madrid into the lead.

The second-half saw Manchester City come out with real intent, and two sublime long-range goals from Phil Foden and Josko Gvardiol swung the contest back in favour of Pep Guardiola’s players, before an equalising goal from Federico Valverde rounded off the scoring.

Manchester City come into the contest with Real Madrid fresh off the back of a dominant 5-1 victory over Luton in the Premier League – a win that moved the reigning champions into first position and clear, following Liverpool and Arsenal’s respective defeats.

Open training on Tuesday afternoon has revealed crucial elements of Pep Guardiola’s squad, with the Manchester City manager stating during his pre-match press conference that assessments would be made on a number of players.

24-man Manchester City squad in training vs Real Madrid

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Stefan Ortega, Scott Carson

Defenders: Kyle Walker, Rico Lewis, Manuel Akanji, Ruben Dias, John Stones, Nathan Ake, Josko Gvardiol, Sergio Gomez

Midfielders: Rodri, Mateo Kovacic, Matheus Nunes, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden

Forwards: Josh Adam, Micah Hamilton, Jack Grealish, Jeremy Doku, Julian Alvarez, Oscar Bobb, Erling Haaland.

John Stones returned to action on the grass for Manchester City at the City Football Academy, having been left out of the weekend’s action with the Club stating that the England international was simply ‘not fully-fit’.

Elsewhere in defence and Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake took part in training as they reach the tail-end of their respective injury recoveries, with the former being tipped to play a role in stopping Madrid’s explosive forward line on Wednesday night.