Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne doubts for Man City’s FA Cup clash with Chelsea

Manchester City could be without key duo Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne for their FA Cup clash against Chelsea.

City boss Pep Guardiola admitted that the two are doubts for Sunday’s match at Wembley after an already difficult week for the Premier League champions.

Haaland was taken off against Real Madrid in the Champions League as City crashed out to Carlo Ancelotti’s side on penalties.

Guardiola admitted that the Norway international had asked to be taken off amid fears of an injury.

“We will see,” Guardiola said when asked if Haaland will be fit for the FA Cup semi-final.

“It was a tough game, a lot of action, high intensity for both sides. Erling felt something, a muscular issue. That’s why he told me he could not continue.

“The [doctor] said he had a little bit of niggles, a little problem, we will see how his evolution is in the next hours.”

Haaland has scored twice in his last seven games and has blanked in two legs against Real Madrid as well as high-profile matches against Liverpool, Arsenal and Newcastle.

Nevertheless, the 23-year-old has still scored 31 times this season in all competitions – including a five-goal haul against Luton Town in the FA Cup.

Haaland was not the only one who requested to leave the pitch as De Bruyne also told Guardiola he had a problem, while both of their requests left one talkSPORT pundit shocked.

However, while the Belgian is still a doubt, there is more chance that he will feature against Chelsea than Haaland.

“Kevin felt exhausted, so tired, after five months out injured [earlier on in the season], so that’s normal,” Guardiola said.

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“It’s normal with the amount of games we are playing this season… They are human beings. They are not a machine. We are used to it.”

De Bruyne missed a large portion of the season early in the campaign after a serious hamstring but returned to action earlier this year.

City will be desperate to win the FA Cup now they have crashed out of the Champions League.

Last season, they landed an incredible treble but any chance of a repeat this year went up in smoke at the Etihad on Wednesday night.

Mateo Kovacic and Bernardo Silva missed in the penalty shootout to hand victory to Real Madrid after De Bruyne had cancelled out Rodrygo’s early strike.

With the Premier League looking a tough battle as well, there is a chance that City could go without winning a trophy at all this season.

City might be top of the table with six games to go but Guardiola insisted his side are chomping at the bit to win the FA Cup.

“We don’t have another option,” Guardiola added.

“In football, you lose games. We performed at our best and we were not able to win. You have to accept it.”

SOURCE: Football News, Transfers, Opinion – talkSPORT   (go to source)
AUTHOR: Callum Vurley
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