Citizens duo remain sidelined

07 August 2021 17:09:09 GMTPlus11
Kevin De Bruyne is still recovering from an ankle ligament injury.

Manchester City duo Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne will both be sidelined "for a while" and will definitely miss the Community Shield clash with Leicester City.

The Premier League champions, who will have new signing Jack Grealish among their options, are 4/7 to lift the first silverware of the new domestic season, 2/1 to keep a clean sheet and 5/1 to triumph following a penalty shootout.

Both are still out for a while.

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However, they will have to try and do so without England international midfielder Foden (foot) and Belgium playmaker De Bruyne (ankle ligament), with head coach Pep Guardiola unable to give an exact timeframe on either players return.

Midfield pair still recovering

The Spaniard told reporters: "Phil will be still out for a while, he had a tough injury for the national team and couldn't play the (Euros) final. We have to be careful because we have to anticipate that it could be longer (if he comes back too soon).

"Kevin is still out as well. I think he'll come back a little quicker than Phil, but both are still out for a while."

Injuries also concern Rodgers

Meanwhile, opponents Leicester - the FA Cup holders - also have plenty of injury problems to contend with, especially in defence, with Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans, James Justin and Timothy Castagne all definitely missing.

Summer signings Ryan Bertrand, Patson Daka and Boubakary Soumare are all set to make their Foxes debuts, as Rodgers considers making moves to bring in cover at the back.

He added: "We are definitely light in the central defensive area. It is something we will have to look at for sure.

"There are people who are identified. We have a small list of players to look at so we will see."

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