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Injury Woes for Manchester City as Defender Manuel Akanji Faces Race Against Time Ahead of Arsenal Showdown

The Premier League is abuzz with anticipation for the upcoming clash between Manchester City and Arsenal this weekend. However, the sky blues have been dealt a significant blow as defender Manuel Akanji finds himself in doubt for the crucial match following an injury sustained during his international duties with Switzerland.

Akanji, a stalwart in the City defense, is set to miss his national team’s friendly against Ireland due to the untimely knock. This unfortunate turn of events raises concerns about his availability for the highly anticipated encounter against Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

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Having featured in the starting lineup for Switzerland in the last 16 matches, Akanji’s absence could potentially disrupt Pep Guardiola’s defensive strategy. Since his transfer from Borussia Dortmund in 2022, the 28-year-old has been a key figure in City’s backline, appearing in 19 out of the 28 league matches this season.

This injury setback comes hot on the heels of another defensive blow for Manchester City, with Kyle Walker forced off the field during England’s recent friendly against Brazil. Walker’s hamstring injury adds to Guardiola’s selection headaches, leaving the manager with limited options in defense.

The uncertainty surrounding Akanji’s recovery timeline adds a layer of suspense to the upcoming showdown with Arsenal. City fans and football enthusiasts alike are eagerly awaiting updates on the defender’s condition as the clock ticks down to the pivotal match.

As the medical team works tirelessly to assess and treat Akanji’s injury, the City faithful hold their breath, hoping for a swift recovery that would see the defender back in action against the Gunners. The outcome of this race against time could have a significant impact on the outcome of the match and City’s title aspirations.

With the stakes high and the pressure mounting, Guardiola faces a challenging task in reshuffling his defensive lineup to cope with the absence of key players. The depth of City’s squad will be put to the test as they strive to maintain their dominance in the Premier League and fend off challenges from their rivals.

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As the football world watches with bated breath, the stage is set for a thrilling encounter between two top-tier teams vying for supremacy. The drama and excitement surrounding this clash only intensify with the uncertainty surrounding Akanji’s availability, adding an element of unpredictability to the proceedings.

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