Guardiola allays Walker fears

26 January 2018 10:26:42 EST

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is relieved that Kyle Walker did not suffer a serious head injury against Bristol City on Tuesday.

The former Tottenham right-back is available for Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Cardiff City despite being involved in a heavy collision towards the end of the League Cup semi-final second leg at Ashton Gate.

Benjamin Mendy, Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus and Fabian Delph remain sidelined but otherwise Guardiola has no new injury concerns.

He said: "Everyone is okay. He [Walker] is good. He breathes!

"I saw Mansfield v Cardiff and realised immediately the way they play and they do it quite well. My staff know more than me. They are third in the championship. We are playing away. It will be tough.

"We know exactly how complicated the game will be. Last season against Huddersfield Town, we needed a replay. It is a team on top form. Tall team, set-pieces, aggressive one against one.

"We have to defend high because if we defend the box they are so strong."

Manchester City, 1212/1 to win the FA Cup outright, are 2/9 to beat Cardiff, who are 1/7 to be promoted from the Championship this term.

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