Manchester City XI vs Watford: Starting lineup, confirmed team news and injury latest for Premier League

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Manchester City XI vs Watford: Starting lineup, confirmed team news and injury latest for Premier League
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Kyle Walker misses Manchester City’s home match against Watford on Saturday.

The defender is struggling with an ankle injury and did not come through a late fitness test ahead of the game at the Etihad.

Asked about Walker on Friday, City manager Pep Guardiola said: “He is getting better. We will see tomorrow.”

John Stones and Nathan Ake also faced late fitness tests after they were were forced off in the midweek 3-0 win over Brighton. Stones misses out altogether, while Ake is fit enough for the bench.

Ruben Dias has only recently made his return to action after a hamstring injury but is handed a start.

Further forward, there are no such concerns, although City’s huge Champions League semi-final meeting with Real Madrid could come into Guardiola’s thinking. It is very much a case of balancing things. Jack Grealish starts.

On paper, the champions should have enough to deal with a Watford side plummeting towards relegation, although the absences are certainly a worry.

Manchester City starting XI (4-3-3): Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Rodri, Jesus, Sterling, Grealish

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