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Walker return to boost Man City?published at 14:48 17 April

Man City v Real Madrid (3-3 agg, 20:00 BST)

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Manchester City will be boosted by the return of defender Kyle Walker, who has been sidelined since sustaining a hamstring injury on England duty last month.

“He [Walker] has had one or two training sessions,” said manager Pep Guardiola. “He feels good with his mood. I don’t know if [he will play] from the beginning, or from the bench, but he will be with us tomorrow.

“It is incredible good news for many reasons. He is our captain and in last year’s matches played against players like Vinicius, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and he knows how to defend them like nobody else.”

Midfielder Kevin de Bruyne is also expected to return after pulling out of the starting 11 just before the first leg kicked off at the Bernabeu last week.

Nathan Ake did not travel to Madrid last week but was back in the squad for City’s 5-1 win over Luton Town on Saturday.

Real remain without Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba, who are recovering from anterior cruciate ligament injuries, while French midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni misses out having accumulated three yellow cards in Europe this season.