According to reports from The Sun, Manchester City starlet Phil Foden could miss the start of the new Premier League campaign with a foot injury.
The English midfielder, 21, has been on crutches following a foot injury that he picked up in training two days before the Euro 2020 finale at the Wembley Stadium. That ‘minor’ injury sidelined him for England’s penalty shoot-out defeat to Italy earlier this month.
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Phil Foden began the Euro 2020 campaign in fantastic fashion, featuring against Croatia and Scotland. But then he played very little in the knockout stages.
The youngster helped the Three Lions get past Denmark in the last four after coming on as a substitute but unfortunately missed out on the Wembley showpiece.
The Sun reports the England camp at that moment said Foden’s injury was minor but later scans showed a more serious problem that required protection.
The player still wearing a protective gear on his right foot suggest the injury is grave, which will be a concern for Pep Guardiola as he prepares the Sky Blues for the upcoming season.
Foden—along with England and City teammates John Stones, Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker—has been granted an extended break following the European Championships. The quartet are not due back in training until August.
Manchester City are scheduled to face FA Cup winners Leicester City in the Community Shield at the Wembley Stadium on August 7 before beginning their title defence away at Tottenham Hotspur on August 15.
Back to Foden, the 21-year-old played a crucial role in City’s league title win and Carabao Cup triumph, racking up 16 goals and 10 assists in 50 games. Guardiola gave the youngster the nod to start the Champions League final defeat to Chelsea ahead of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres.
The England international has quickly become indispensable to Guardiola’s City, often keeping the likes of Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva out of the starting XI last season. Thus, it’ll be a big blow for the Cityzens if Foden fails to prove his fitness before the 2021/22 campaign commences.
With a gruelling season set to start from August, Manchester City must manage their players well, especially the ones returning from international duty.