Phil Foden could miss Arsenal clash while 'struggling' with injury

Phil Foden could miss Man City’s FA Cup clash with Arsenal after struggling with a ‘painful’ foot injury picked up in their derby defeat by Man United

  • Phil Foden cannot currently shake a persistent foot injury, keeping him sidelined 
  • The winger missed the 3-0 win over Wolves and was on the bench in midweek
  • Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal meet Manchester City at the Etihad on Friday night

Phil Foden is struggling with a persistent foot injury that could rule him out of Manchester City’s FA Cup clash with Arsenal on Friday.

Foden, who has started just three Premier League matches since mid-October, suffered the problem during the 2-1 defeat at Manchester United on January 14.

Pep Guardiola revealed that the issue has yet to settle down, with Foden feeling pain after attempting to train in the build-up to Sunday’s win at Wolves. 

Phil Foden has not appeared for City in their past two games and could be missing on Friday

‘It was an action at Old Trafford, a jump with (Aaron) Wan-Bissaka. He fell down and had a problem with his feet,’ said Guardiola. 

‘He’s been struggling with it. It’s painful. After two or three days’ rest it gets better and he starts (playing) and goes down.’

The Citizens have survived since the star Englishman was sidelined. Despite a slow start, they accounted for Tottenham midweek, before an Erling Haaland-inspired mauling of Wolves. 

Foden picked up the injury during an aerial clash with Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka

‘So, we have decided for him to stay with the doctors and recover well to see if he can arrive against Arsenal.

‘If he is not fit, we will wait until the next game against Spurs (on February 5). He cannot train well, he is a little bit uncomfortable, so we decided to give him a few days off.’

Arsenal will arrive in the North-West on Friday in stellar form, fresh off the back of stunning 3-2 win against Manchester United on Sunday.  

Waiting for Manchester City are the in-form Arsenal, who won a Sunday thriller against United

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