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Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has eased fitness fears ahead of the Champions League final after missing training on Tuesday with a back injury.

The England international was substituted late on during Saturday’s FA Cup final win over Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday.

He did not take part in Tuesday’s session ahead of the trip to face Inter Milan in Istanbul on Saturday, and Pep Guardiola confirmed his absence was precautionary after a flare up in recent days.

The manager said: “He has had a little bit of a disturbance in his back. Yesterday he was not good, today he was a little bit better but we didn’t want to take any risks. We will see in the next days.”

All other members of Guardiola’s first-team squad trained as normal.

Despite Guardiola’s caution, Walker told reporters he was confident of being fit to feature.

“I’m fine, I’m just getting old!” he said, speaking to Sky Sports News. “I’m completely fine, it’s just an extra day of recovery.

“I played a lot of minutes over the last number of weeks so the manager said just stay inside and come Saturday you will be raring to go.

“I’m fine, the minutes that I’ve played when everyone else was injured, I was there digging my heels in and getting through it. I won’t be missing the Champions League final for anything.”

City are bidding to complete the treble having secured the Premier League title earlier this month before adding the FA Cup, thanks to two Ilkay Gundogan goals against their Manchester rivals, on Saturday.

The third trophy, should they secure it, would see them emulate Manchester United as the only English side to ever win the league, cup and European Cup in the same season.

“It’s not about history,” Guardiola added before pointing instead to a focus on the game itself.

“History they are better than us. It’s about what you have to do in 95 minutes to be better than the opponent.”

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