Manchester City fans were delighted to see pictures on Twitter of Phil Foden training at the Etihad Campus, continuing his road to recovery.
MEN Sport exclusively revealed that Foden and Belgian superstar Kevin De Bruyne were training at City’s training facility ahead of their tough fixture away to Leicester City on Saturday.
Foden sustained his injury ahead of the final of Euro 2020, which he was forced to sit out of. Foden was an important part of Gareth Southgate’s plans for the tournament, starting both of England’s opening fixtures against Croatia and Scotland. He then struggled to get back into the side ahead of the final, with Southgate preferring Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka after a standout performance against the Czech Republic.
The Times reported that Foden broke down into tears after finding the news that a foot injury would keep him from featuring in the match against Italy and was obviously devastated to not be able to make a difference as his side lost on penalties.
This foot injury has kept him out of action for the season’s opening fixtures, including England’s international break. Still, his timeline for recovery is drawing closer as he is now set for a return against Leicester.
Now, the 21-year-old — who is expected to sign a bumper six-year deal in the coming weeks — has been pictured on City’s Twitter page putting himself through his paces at their state-of-the-art training campus.
This is what City fans have said:
The brilliant youngster is expected to seamlessly assimilate into the City attack that have now gained the talents of England teammate Jack Grealish. Grealish has begun life strongly in Manchester and was an essential part of the fluid City attack that have scored ten goals in their two most recent Premier League games.
Whilst Foden continues his march to full fitness, Gabriel Jesus is expected to reprise his role on the right of City’s attack after announcing himself as a star-turned following his conversion from a central striker. However, Algerian star Riyad Mahrez will undoubtedly be desperate to feature against the East Midlands side where he made his name.