Phil Foden breaks silence on injury and sets likely Man City return date

Man City will begin their campaign without the injured Phil Foden, who picked up a knock with England, as the midfielder targets a return to first team action within the next month

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Phil Foden is expecting to be sidelined for another “three to four weeks” as Manchester City prepare to start the season without him.

The Englishman established himself as a mainstay under Pep Guardiola last term having threatened for years to break into the first team.

Foden’s patience was eventually rewarded and he was a central figure for England at Euro 2020, prior to his injury.

He was ruled out of the final at Wembley and will now miss City’s difficult opening to the season as they aim to defend their crown.

Foden told Sky Sports : “It’s still a little bit sore, it’s such a shame to do it just before the Euro final, it was really unfortunate but I’m working hard in the gym.

“Hopefully I can get back as soon as possible.”

Phil Foden expects to be out for a further 4 weeks

He was quizzed on his recovery time and said: “I’d say around three to four weeks more. Hopefully it flies by and I can just get back out on the pitch.

“I had a little girl recently and I’ve had an injury too, so unfortunately I didn’t get away (in the summer) but I’ve stayed here and tried to get back fit and hopefully I can be back on the pitch soon.”

Guardiola is conscious that he cannot rush the 21-year-old back too soon having said the club have “to be careful with it (his injury)”

City face a hugely challenging opening few months as they target a fourth league title in five seasons.

The Man City star was injured whilst with England


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They lost the Community Shield at Wembley on Saturday, albeit they fielded a weakened side as Kevin De Bruyne also faces time out.

The defending champions begin their season with a trip to Tottenham on Sunday before they also face Chelsea, Arsenal, Leicester and Liverpool in their opening seven games.

City’s game in north London will have an added subplot as the club continue to eye Harry Kane.

The wantaway striker has made it known at Tottenham that he wants to leave in search of silverware, but they remained determined to retain his services.

The Englishman returned late for training, although the player himself insists that was planned.

New Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo will have to make a decision as to whether he includes Kane for Sunday’s contest or leaves him out amid the reported unrest.

City lost Sergio Aguero in the summer so are keen to add a new forward to their ranks, but Tottenham want around £160m to sell Kane.

Jack Grealish has already arrived at the Etihad for a British record fee of £100m, but that could be surpassed if City to get Kane.

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