Pep Guardiola has received a significant fitness boost ahead of Manchester City’s match against Liverpool this weekend
City return to domestic club action this weekend after the season’s final international break, with the Premier League title race set to take more twists and turns across a busy April fixture list in particular.
For Pep Guardiola and his players, that means competing on three fronts this month alone, with a Premier League schedule accompanied by a two-leg UEFA Champions League quarter-final match against Bayern Munich, as well as an FA Cup semi-final match against Sheffield United.
As a result, the Catalan coach will be hoping to have a full complement of players at his disposal, despite the fact that the now-completed international break has caused considerable concern among supporters, particularly on social media.
Phil Foden was forced to undergo surgery for acute appendicitis, which could keep him out for up to six weeks, while Erling Haaland backed out of Norway’s commitments ahead of their first of two matches due to a groin injury.
In other news, Ederson did not play a single minute for Brazil during the international break after suffering from stomach problems in the run-up to their respective matches.
Guardiola and his Manchester City teammates received a significant boost this week when the Brazilian goalkeeper trained with the first-team squad at the City Football Academy as usual on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old is vying for his fourth consecutive Premier League Golden Glove award this season, but he is currently tied for fourth on 10 clean sheets with compatriot Alisson.
David De Gea is third in the race with 11 clean sheets, while Newcastle United’s Nick Pope and Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale are tied for first with 12 clean sheets as the season nears its end.