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Why Jack Grealish is not in Man City squad vs Fulham and Kyle Walker’s omission explained

Why Jack Grealish is Missing from Manchester City’s Clash Against Fulham and Kyle Walker’s Absence Explained

Manchester City’s encounter with Fulham in the Premier League is missing one key player – Jack Grealish. Pep Guardiola’s plans for this crucial match were disrupted by Grealish’s absence, leaving City with a setback at Craven Cottage.

Despite aiming for a fully fit squad, City’s hopes were dampened as Grealish did not join the team for the Fulham game. Guardiola opted to stick with the attacking lineup from the previous week’s match against Wolves, where Grealish was on the bench, eager to secure a starting role for the upcoming matches.

Following this game, City faces Tottenham, West Ham, and Manchester United in quick succession, including an FA Cup final. Grealish’s non-participation due to illness raises doubts about his availability for these crucial fixtures.

Guardiola clarified that Grealish is unwell but assured that it’s nothing serious. However, his absence raises questions, especially with John Stones frequently on the bench lately, save for one start that was cut short due to fitness concerns.

Meanwhile, Ruben Dias returned after an illness-related benching, taking Kyle Walker’s place as Manu Akanji shifted to right-back. Guardiola cited Walker’s absence from training as the reason for Dias’ inclusion, emphasizing Dias’ reliability in such matches.

This reshuffling underscores the challenges faced by City as they navigate through a congested fixture list while managing player fitness and availability.

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