Pep Guardiola confirms major double injury at Man City
The Blues start their 2021/22 domestic campaign on Saturday, as they face Leicester City in the FA Community Shield at Wembley.
Several members of Pep Guardiola’s squad are expected to be unavailable for the match, with City Xtra reporting exclusively last month that Brazilian pair Ederson and Gabriel Jesus would not appear at Wembley.
Those who took part in the later stages of the European Championship, such as John Stones, Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden have yet to return to pre-season training and will therefore play no part this weekend.
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Despite returning to pre-season training, City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that Kevin De Bruyne will also not be available for selection this weekend, or for the foreseeable future.
The Catalan has confirmed that Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne will be sidelined for the start of the new season, as he addresses the media ahead of City’s meeting with Leicester this weekend.
Foden, who missed the European Championship final due to an injury sustained during training in England, will be “Outside for a while”, according to Guardiola.
While De Bruyne, who suffered an injured Euro campaign with Belgium, âwill come back a little faster than Phil â, said the Catalan.
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Speaking of injuries to two of Manchester City’s key players, Guardiola said: âFoden will still be out for a while. You have to be careful, or it will take longer. Kevin is still absent. I think he’ll come back a bit quicker than Phil apparently, but the two are still out for a while. ”
Manchester City will begin their Premier League title defense against Spurs next Sunday, before facing Arsenal, Leicester, Chelsea and Liverpool in the opening weeks of the season.
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