Manchester City hosted Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening and pulled off an impressive 2-1 win, but Pep Guardiola didn’t name Phil Foden in the starting lineup or matchday squad.
The 21-year-old featured in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Everton before being substituted inside of an hour and City say he’s still carrying a knock from the game.
Foden is ‘not fully fit’, according to the official club website so he was left at home while City hosted the Ligue 1 leaders. Riyad Mahrez, who replaced the £72m-rated playmaker against Everton, started alongside Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling on Wednesday night.
Foden has made 14 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring five goals with four assists. He’s been a regular when fit under Guardiola and likely would have started against PSG if he’d over come the knock from the weekend.
Nevertheless, City picked up all three points without him and booked their place in the knockout round of the Champions League as group winners, so Foden’s absence wasn’t felt.
Next up for the Premier League defending champions is a home clash with West Ham United on Sunday afternoon. Time will tell if Foden is fit enough to make the squad.