By Ben Dinnery

17th May, 2022 | 6:20pm

Expert: Man City are telling fibs about Kyle Walker - 'I'm not sure even the manager believes it'

Man City boss Pep Guardiola is guilty of “smoke and mirrors” over Kyle Walkers’s injury status.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Guardiola suggested that Walker, 31, was set to miss the rest of the season in the build-up to the second leg of City’s Champions League semi-final tie against Real Madrid earlier this month (4 May).

But the right-back started and played 72 minutes in the dramatic 3-1 defeat at the Bernabeu.

The manager, 51, then insisted that Walker was eyeing a return ahead of pre-season, as quoted by The Athletic on 8 May.

But the defender himself told the Manchester Evening News last Friday (13 May) that he has not given up hope of featuring in City’s final game of the season against Aston Villa on Sunday (22 May).

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Dinnery said that Guardiola’s “flip-flopping” suggests that he has not told the entire truth about the England man.

You have to take everything Pep says with a pinch of salt,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“Let’s just say I’m not sure how much is smoke and mirrors or even how much the manager believes it himself.

“The player says that until the final whistle on the final day, he has a chance. But they won’t call on him unless absolutely unavoidable. There are players ahead of him in terms of fitness.

“Why do we see this flip-flopping from Guardiola? With a lot of injuries, players won’t play in an ideal situation but can be patched up for a big game.

You can’t categorically rule him out because it is a unique set of circumstances at this stage in the season.

Walker has chipped in with one goal and two assists in 31 appearances this season.

He could pick up his fourth Premier League winners’ medal on the final day against Villa.

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