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The clash between reigning champions Manchester City and Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals sees two European powerhouses face off on Tuesday night.

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While this fixture could have easily been the final, both teams will battle it out in the last eight for a spot in the semis. Despite nothing being decided in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, it presents a significant opportunity for both sides to edge closer to the final four.

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However, Manchester City will have to navigate the challenge without the presence of Kyle Walker in the Spanish capital. Walker’s influence and experience are crucial, especially against Real Madrid’s formidable attacking lineup.

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So, why is Kyle Walker unavailable for the clash against Real Madrid in the Champions League?

Unfortunately, Guardiola’s side will miss Walker as he hasn’t been named in the matchday squad for the encounter with Real. The defender sustained a hamstring injury during an international friendly for England in March, lasting only 20 minutes in a match against Brazil at Wembley before being substituted.

Since the injury setback, Walker has yet to feature for Manchester City. Guardiola acknowledged the severity of Walker’s injury in early April but expressed optimism about his recovery, citing Walker’s exceptional physical attributes.

While Walker’s absence is a significant loss for Manchester City, young Rico Lewis is expected to step in, having already demonstrated his ability to perform in important games this season.

With no definitive timeline for Walker’s return, there’s a possibility he may feature in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium on April 17th. Additionally, Nathan Ake is also unavailable after sustaining an injury in a match against Arsenal, while Josko Gvardiol has traveled despite being a doubt for the match.

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