Phil Foden has provided an update on his injury situation at Manchester City, and it’s not good news for Pep Guardiola as he prepares for the start of the new Premier League season.
What’s the word?
Foden picked up a foot injury on international duty with England with summer, helping Gareth Southgate’s side to the final of the European Championship, although he was forced to sit out the game against Italy after the injury in training.
The 21-year-old has subsequently missed the entire of City’s pre-season and was absent as they lost 1-0 to Leicester City in the Community Shield last weekend.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the City academy graduate provided an update on his injury situation, saying: “It was such a shame to do it just before the Euro final. It was really unfortunate but I am working hard in the gym and hopefully, I can get back as soon as possible. I would say [it will be] around three to four weeks. Hopefully, it flies by and I can just get back on the pitch.”
A blow for Guardiola?
Foden was one of the standout performers in Guardiola’s side last season as they won the Premier League title, so it is undoubtedly a blow to have him missing when you consider that five of Man City’s first seven top-flight fixtures are against Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Leicester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Last season saw the England international make 28 appearances in the Premier League, contributing nine goals and five assists, which helped him average an impressive 7.14 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
Guardiola made a bold prediction about the youngster’s future at City last season, saying: “He loves to play football, he lives for that and that’s why he’s so nice to coach. And I’m pretty sure he will become an incredible legend of this club. We’re going to take care of him and the rest he will do it.”
Therefore, whilst City have a lot of squad depth, the manager will surely be worried about how his team might cope without a player of Foden’s talent given their tough start to the new Premier League season.