Premier League-chasing Manchester City have, on Thursday, been afforded an altogether timely double boost on the personnel front.
Pep Guardiola’s troops are of course primed to return to action in 72 hours’ time.
In the knowledge that a three-point haul will see them assured of back-to-back titles in the English top-flight, the Sky Blues are set to welcome Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa to the Etihad, for a final day clash.
And, after stuttering to a 2-2 stalemate with West Ham last time out, City, this time round, will likely be considerably more confident in keeping their upcoming opponents at bay.
This comes owing to a pair of timely returns to fitness in the club’s first-team ranks.
As confirmed in a post across the Citizens’ social media platforms on Thursday, John Stones and Kyle Walker, both of whom were forced to sit out at the London Stadium owing to injury, have returned to training alongside the rest of Pep Guardiola’s squad.
The two defenders, in turn, are expected to be available for selection this coming Sunday.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 19, 2022
Turning attentions towards the other protagonist in the Premier League’s title race, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will welcome Wolverhampton Wanderer to Anfield this weekend, primed to take advantage of any potential slip-up on Man City’s part.
The Reds, amid an ongoing pursuit of an unprecedented quadruple, currently sit just a point adrift of the table-topping Sky Blues.
This comes after Klopp and co, despite a whole raft of changes, emerged from a meeting with Southampton with a hard-fought 2-1 win on Tuesday night.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 17, 2022
This article was edited by Ben Browning.