Chris Sutton raised concerns over the fitness of Manchester City key man Kevin De Bruyne during the Cityzens’ tie with Atletico Madrid.
The visitors carry with them a 1-0 win from the Etihad, though will be hoping to avoid a comeback from Diego Simeone’s men with Real Madrid waiting in the semi-finals.
“Is Kevin de Bruyne hobbling? It doesn’t look like he is moving totally freely,” the 49-year-old told BBC Radio 5 Live (via BBC Sport).
Having performed superbly in Manchester in the 2-2 draw with the Reds at the prior weekend, losing the Belgian international would mark a blow of huge proportions for Pep Guardiola’s side.
We at the Empire of the Kop would, of course, prefer to come up against a strong outfit come Saturday, though few could deny the potentially adverse impact the midfielder’s absence would have on our upcoming opponents.
If the Reds can manage to negotiate a passage through to the semi-finals of the Champions League without having to rely on much of our senior players sitting on the bench, it’ll be a huge boost to our chances of a positive result with rested legs.
Regardless, we’ll be wishing De Bruyne nothing but a speedy recovery, if one is required.