Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Phil Is Ready

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Phil Is Ready

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TEEN FODEN IN LINE FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE START IN CITY'S CRUNCH CLASH IN FRANCE Foden is a strong option for and Aleks Zinchenko remain By STUART BRENNAN

PEP Guardiola insists Phil Foden is ready to step up and play in tonight's Champions League crunch against Lyon.

The 18-year-old is on stand-by after the Blues lost three key players this week - with Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus all missing training yesterday morning.

None of the three is thought to be seriously injured but with Kevin de Bruyne also still out, Foden is a strong option for a game in which a win would ensure top spot in the group, a draw would bring qualification, and a defeat would leave them facing a last-match cliff-hanger against Hoffenheim.

Guardiola was asked whether Foden is ready for a match of that magnitude and answered: "Definitely". …

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