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Man City latest injury news ahead for Everton and Champions League final

When Ilkay Gundogan limped off at the Amex Stadium, Manchester City held their breath.

At that point, having gone down to ten men early on and already without three players for fitness reasons, the already irrelevant result became the very last of Pep Guardiola’s worries. It was all about getting through to full-time with no more injury or suspension issues.

Maybe that’s why Kevin De Bruyne remained on the bench, with City involved in a physical battle against Brighton, with an officiating team unwilling to protect them. After missing two games with injury, this was not the game to be bringing on De Bruyne for a cameo to build his stamina back up.

City were without Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker on the south coast, and Gundogan’s injury compounded their worries going into the final Premier League game of the season, which is followed by the Champions League final.

Guardiola said the initial diagnosis of Gundogan’s knock was promising, so what is the latest injury state of play going into the Everton clash?

Ilkay Gundogan

Gundogan was clattered by a studs-up challenge on his knee in the first half at Brighton that he fortunately recovered from, but the physical challenges kept coming and he was replaced shortly after the half-time break, limping to his seat in the stand.

Guardiola said Gundogan would be checked on Wednesday, but the initial signs were promising after his precautionary substitution.

He said: “Tomorrow we will check it, the doctor seems quite optimistic. He had a kick and was running in second half, disturbing it. I don’t take a risk, that’s why we did a substitution.”

Possible return date: May 23

Kyle Walker

Walker might not have started at Brighton to give Joao Cancelo chance to impress at right-back, but the Portuguese’s early red card put City in a mess and Walker was unavailable from the bench.

City said he missed the trip to Brighton because he was ‘not fully fit’, so they will hope he recovers in time to face Everton with Cancelo suspended.

Possible return date: May 23

Sergio Aguero

Aguero has missed the last two games for fitness reasons, suggesting a bigger problem than Sterling or Walker. The striker has one more opportunity to score a goal that would equal Wayne Rooney’s record for most Premier League goals for a single club, and with 10,000 fans back at the Etihad on Sunday it would be fitting for him to return in his final home game for City.

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In a season where Aguero has struggled for fitness all year, Aguero’s chances of a fairytale farewell are diminishing.

Possible return date: May 23

Raheem Sterling

Like Walker, the reason given for Sterling’s absence from the squad at Brighton was that he wasn’t fully fit.

Given the physical exertions of the side at the Amex, recalling Sterling if possible might have benefits against Everton.

Guardiola will be asked about his condition, along with his teammates, on Friday.

Possible return date: May 23