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Manchester City defender Manuel Akanji withdraws from Switzerland squad due to injury

Published at :March 26, 2024 at 8:33 PM
Modified at :March 26, 2024 at 8:33 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla

Manuel Akanji’s prospects of playing vs Arsenal look minimal

Manuel Akanji has left the Switzerland squad after suffering a knock, according to manager Murat Yakin. This is devastating news for Manchester City ahead of their Sunday Premier League matchup with Arsenal.

Following the international break, the defending champions play the Gunners at Etihad Stadium, but it’s likely that they won’t have the 28-year-old defender available.Ahead of their prospective title match against Arsenal, Manchester City has experienced some injury worries and scares. Ederson, the custodian for Brazil, has already been ruled out of the match, and Kevin de Bruyne and Erling Braut Haaland have both taken knocks recently.

The Belgian and Norwegian players are anticipated to start against the North Londoners, but Akanji is a doubt because he is not likely to participate in today’s international friendly against Ireland, which makes manager Pep Guardiola anxious about his fitness.After 28 games, Arsenal leads the table going into this one, and a win would significantly increase their possibilities of winning the Premier League.

Being without Akanji on Sunday should be beneficial for Arsenal since he has been a vital player for Man City this season, making 20 league games so far while playing at left-back and center-back.

Despite players like Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and Gabriel Magalhaes withdrawing from their international teams, the Gunners do not have any injury concerns to be concerned about, and Mikel Arteta, their manager, will hope that this continues before the title match.The result of the game on Sunday might have a significant impact on the title race, even though the Emirates Stadium team only has a one-point advantage over third-place Man City and a greater goal differential than second-place Liverpool.

Tonight’s friendly match between Slovakia and Norway will be closely watched by both City and Arsenal. This weekend in Manchester, Erling Haaland and Martin Odegaard are scheduled to start their respective matches on different teams.

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