Nathan Ake, a Manchester City defender, has been ruled out of the club’s forthcoming match against Arsenal due to an injury sustained during last week’s 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Manchester City vs Arsenal: The Dutch international has a hamstring injury that will keep him out of the club’s Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola revealed that Ake would miss the club’s top-of-the-table meeting with Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium, adding that he was unsure whether the defender would be able to recover in time for the Real Madrid encounter.
Nathan Aké will not be available against Arsenal. Hopefully, he’ll be able to return shortly. Back against Real Madrid? I’m not sure… We’ll find the right person for the job. I have no reservations. “We’re going to play with 11,” Guardiola told reporters.
Manchester City’s loss of Ake is a big setback as the club attempts to maintain its excellent form and defeat Arsenal. The 26-year-old defender has been a fixture in City’s lineup this season, making 13 Premier League appearances and contributing significantly to the club’s successful run in the Champions League.
In Ake’s absence, Aymeric Laporte or John Stones will likely replace him in the starting lineup as Guardiola attempts to retain City’s outstanding defensive record.
The club is presently second in the Premier League rankings, with 70 points from 30 games, and has also advanced to the Champions League semi-finals for the second time after losing to Real Madrid last season.
The match between City and Arsenal is planned for Wednesday night and is likely to be a competitive one, with the Gunners seeking their first Premier League title since 2006.
With Ake out, Guardiola will be hopeful that his team can extend its winning streak and take all three points in what looks to be an exciting match.