Published: Mon, September 02, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

He is a shy guy - Guardiola wants more from Foden

He is a shy guy - Guardiola wants more from Foden

Guardiola's star players endured mixed fortunes on the worldwide front this week, with right-back Kyle Walker being left out of the England squad by Gareth Southgate.

BBC pundit Jermaine Jenas believes the injury to Aymeric Laporte could put Liverpool in the driving seat for the Premier League title.

Should he be ruled out for a lengthy period of time, his presence will be desperately missed by Pep Guardiola's men, who did not sign a centre-back in the summer to compensate for former captain Vincent Kompany's departure to take charge of Anderlecht.

"He's in hospital, it doesn't look good", said Guardiola. "I say, ok, you can not do it so we can not do it so we are going with what we have". I don't know right now what he has done, but we will know tomorrow.

Any lengthy absence for Laporte would be a major blow to City, which released long-serving captain Vincent Kompany in the off-season and has John Stones now out injured.

"It is what it is", said Guardiola.

"He's played really well since the beginning of the season but Wan-Bissaka and [Trent] Alexander-Arnold are incredible full-backs".

"Few teams come here to play with this courage".

"I was a little bit surprised at first", said Guardiola ahead of City's home game against Brighton on Saturday.

Foden's 14 appearances and one goal in the Premier League during the same time period have left him uncapped at global level, while his former City youth teammate has featured in six games for England. I like him a lot but it's Man City and he's playing alongside Kevin De Bruyne, [Ilkay] Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, David Silva.

"I'm pretty sure the players want to go and play for their national teams, but he's incredibly strong and he will be back. If we're good enough we'll fight until the end, if not we're going to try next season".

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