Phil Foden will be facing another month on the sidelines with the foot injury that kept the Manchester City midfielder out of England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.
Foden and his England team-mates Raheem Sterling, John Stones and Kyle Walker were due to comeback to City’s training after extended holidays on Monday, as well the Brazil pair of Ederson and Gabriel Jesus following their involvement in the Copa America this summer.
Foden over flexed a foot during one of England’s final training sessions ahead of the Italy game on July 11 but the damage caused is understood to be quite unusual and has led to City’s medical staff erring on the side of caution.
Guardiola has already admitted it is an injury City must be “careful” with in order to avoid aggravating the issue.
The midfielder is due to miss City’s first three league matches against Spurs on Sunday, Norwich and Arsenal, as well as England’s World Cup qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and Poland, and it remains to be seen if he will be back in time for Leicester on September 11, their first game back after the international break.
It is one of several headaches for Guardiola on the eve of the new Premier League season after the champions faced Leicester short of fitness and with only four first team regulars in the starting XI. Kevin De Bruyne will also miss the start of the campaign owing to the ankle injury but the Belgium midfielder is expected to return sooner than Foden.
Aymeric Laporte is currently self-isolating after coming into contact on a flight with a person who tested positive for Covid that has put the Spain defender’s involvement against Spurs in some doubt.
Sterling, Stones and Walker and Ederson and Jesus, who were part of the Brazil side beaten in the final of the Copa America by Argentina four weeks ago, were all given extended breaks and Guardiola hopes some of them can find full fitness quickly as he bids to avoid a slow start to the season.