Man City confident of Phil Foden weekend return after injury scare

Manchester City are positive about the prospects of Phil Foden returning against Wolves on Saturday after the forward limped off at half-time in the Champions League in midweek

  • Phil Foden was substituted early on in Manchester City’s defeat on Tuesday night
  • The 21-year-old forward limped off at half-time in the 2-1 loss away at RB Leipzig
  • But City are confident of calling on him in their next game vs Wolves on Saturday
  • They hope UEFA do not increase Kyle Walker’s one-game ban for his red card 

Manchester City are confident of calling on Phil Foden against Wolves after an ankle scare in midweek.

Foden’s knock was apparent in the opening moments of Tuesday’s Champions League defeat by RB Leipzig before he was substituted at half-time for Raheem Sterling.

The 21-year-old picked up an ankle issue on international duty last month and appeared to exacerbate the problem when featuring for an hour against Everton on November 21.

Manchester City expect forward Phil Foden, 21, to be in contention to play Wolves on Saturday

Foden limped off at half-time after an ankle scare against RB Leipzig in Germany on Tuesday

Foden sat out the next two matches before returning to City’s bench away at Aston Villa last week, with the trip to Leipzig his second appearance back.

Pep Guardiola removed the forward as a precaution in Leipzig and there is an expectation the England international will come into the manager’s thinking when Wolves visit the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The back injury that forced Nathan Ake off late in the game is not thought to be a cause for concern and the centre half is likely to be available for selection.

The news comes as a boost for City, who went top of the Premier League for the first time this season with victory over Watford.

City hope UEFA don’t increase Kyle Walker’s one-game ban for his red card against Leipzig

They are, however, waiting anxiously on whether UEFA increase the one-match ban handed to Kyle Walker following his red card in Germany.

Walker kicked out at striker Andre Silva in what UEFA deem as ‘rough play’, with the governing body set to discuss the right back’s case when they next meet.

UEFA have the ability to increase the suspension, as they did with Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka after his sending off away at Young Boys earlier in the group stage.

That could see Walker miss both legs of City’s last-16 ties. The draw for the knockouts, due to start in February, is held in Nyon on Monday. 

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