Man City XI vs Brighton: confirmed team news, probable line-up, latest injury for tonight’s Premier League game
The versatile Dutch centre-back has not played since the 2-1 win against relegation-threatened Leeds on May 6 after suffering a hamstring injury.
However, City are keen not to take chances with Akes’ fitness as the club have already secured their fifth top-flight title in six seasons following Arsenal’s defeat by Nottingham Forest last weekend.
After a re-arranged trip to Brighton on Wednesday, City travel to Brentford for the final match of the season on Sunday before they look to secure a treble with FA Cup and Champions League finals against Manchester United and Inter Milan respectively.
“He’s getting better and better,” Guardiola said of Akes’ fitness in his press conference outside Brighton on Tuesday. “He’s in the final stages. We’ll have to be careful after the second injury in case we need him for United or Inter.
“He is doing better. I don’t know if he’ll arrive tomorrow or in Brentford, but in the final stages.”
Ake Ake, Guardiola admitted City are still grappling with some other minor injury problems ahead of the games against Brighton and Brentford, with the Spaniard hoping to keep his squad fit for the upcoming big finals.
Guardiola made sweeping changes to his starting line-up for Sunday’s 1-0 win over Chelsea, which was followed by epic title celebrations at the Etihad.
“We have some players with small weaknesses,” said Guardiola. “In order to play our best football we have to focus fully on these two games because they are really good teams.”
Predicted Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Akanji, Lewis, Gundogan, Rodri, Silva, De Bruyne, Grealish, Haaland
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