Manchester City supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side reach the last four of the Carabao Cup, although they needed a second successive penalty shootout in the competition to see off Leicester City.
Pep Guardiola’s men edged past Championship leaders Wolves on penalties in the previous round to book their spot in the quarter-finals, and they needed the lottery again on Tuesday night as Jamie Vardy’s late spot-kick cancelled out Bernando Silva’s opener for the visitors to share the spoils after 90 minutes. It remained 1-1 through the extra half an hour as well to force penalties, in which City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was the hero by saving from Riyad Mahrez to move the Citizens’ into the semi-finals of the competition, where they will face second tier side Bristol City.
Subsequently, there have been many upbeat City fans in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom are unlikely to be overly thrilled by recent comments from manager Guardiola in his pre-Bournemouth press conference, in which he suggested that midfielder Phil Foden is set for a spell on the sidelines.
The England Under-17 World Cup winner has appeared four times for the Premier League leaders this season and played 90 minutes in their success at the King Power Stadium in midweek, producing a decent display in the City midfield.
However, manager Guardiola has confirmed that the 17-year-old looks set for a lengthy time on the sidelines, saying: ‘He’s [Foden] injured. It’s not good.
‘He will not be able to play [against Bournemouth]. It’s a ligament. He’ll be out for a time.’
And these comments are sure to strike a blow in Guardiola’s plans, with Foden a possible starter in the coming weeks given that City face seven games in the next 23 days.
Landlord’s verdict: With three games still to play in 2017, and several to come in the early phase of 2018, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola would have been hoping for a fully fit squad to choose from in the next few weeks.
However, the Citizens boss confirmed in his pre-Bournemouth press conference that midfielder Phil Foden faces time on the sidelines with a ligament injury.
And this is sure to come as bad news to our resident City fans and indeed Guardiola given that the 17-year-old performed well in their Carabao Cup win over Leicester City in midweek, and has certainly shown enough promise to suggest that he’s in the Spaniard’s plans.
Nonetheless, it doesn’t look like he’ll be donning the blue of City in the coming weeks.
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