‘This Doesn’t Look Good’ ‘Game Over’ Fans React As City Receive Double Injury Blow

Manchester City defenders Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake have not travelled to Spain for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie against Real Madrid.

There was some hope that both players would fit for the encounter but it has been confirmed that neither will feature at the Bernabeu on Tuesday evening.

Supporters on X are much more pessimistic about their team’s chances of getting a result with Walker and Ake absent from the squad:

Others will have to step up in their absence

There is no doubt that Walker and Ake would have started against Real due to their defensive capabilities.

Walker, in particular, has been able to keep the dangerous Vinicius Jr quiet in previous meetings. However, that responsibility will now fall to Rico Lewis or even Manuel Akanji.

City need to stay in the tie

Considering the issues that the reigning European champions have defensively, the goal must be to ensure they are still in contention for the second leg at the Etihad in a week’s time.

Of course, that may be easier said than done but, with the firepower that City have at their disposal, you wouldn’t bet against them causing a lot of problems for Real at the other end of the pitch as well.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.