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Manchester City star to return for Newcastle clash

Published: Updated: 18:46, 15 Mar 2024
Jack Grealish has been out since last month after the Luton clash

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has announced that 28-year-old player Jack Grealish will return to the squad for the upcoming FA Cup clash against Newcastle United. This news comes as a significant boost for the Citizens as they gear up to secure their place in the FA Cup semifinal.

Grealish was sidelined after sustaining an injury during City’s 3-1 victory over Copenhagen in February. His attempted comeback during a match against Luton Town was cut short just 38 minutes into his return due to health concerns. However, Guardiola has now confirmed that Grealish is fit and ready to rejoin his teammates on the pitch.

Grealish will provide more options for Guardiola in the quarterfinals

Despite not being a regular contributor in terms of goals this season - with three goals and two assists across all competitions - having him back in Manchester City squad is undoubtedly beneficial for Guardiola. His presence strengthens their attacking options ahead of a crucial period in their campaign.

Guardiola expressed optimism about Grealish's fitness situation during his latest press conference.

Pep Guardiola, Manchester City manager, said:

“Yeah [Jack is getting better]. He’ll be selected in the group [for this weekend].”

However, given how quickly he had to leave the field during his last attempted comeback at Luton Town, it might be prudent for Guardiola to limit how much game time he gives Grealish initially.

Man City may not rush too much with many things at stake

While fans are eager to see him back on action, it would be wise if England international starts tomorrow’s game on the bench before making an appearance later in stages of match play. This approach would allow him some valuable playing time without risking further injury or strain.

The upcoming international break could then provide an excellent opportunity for Grealish to focus on training and regaining full fitness ahead of what promises to be a critical couple of months for City at the end of the season.

As Manchester City prepares to take on Newcastle United, Grealish's return is a positive development. However, it will be crucial to manage his game time carefully to ensure he can contribute effectively without risking further injury. With a pivotal period in their campaign ahead, having Grealish back in form could prove instrumental for Manchester City's success this season.

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