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Community Shield: Leicester – Man City – Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden “to be absent for a while”.

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Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden
Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden suffered injuries at the Euros

Coach Pep Guardiola said Manchester City midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden “will be out for a while” due to injuries.

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Foden, 21, missed England’s final loss with a foot problem.

Jack Grealish, his record signing, will be on the bench for Saturday’s Community Shield match against Leicester City.

On Thursday, 25-year-old Grealish became the most expensive British player of all time by moving from Aston Villa to Man City for 100 million pounds sterling.

Guardiola said: “Hey! [Grealish] Not ready to start at all, he’s been one week in training alone, but he’s traveling with us tomorrow, to settle in with the team, for meetings, he’ll be on the bench and we’ll see what happens.

“After we see what happens but from the start, it’s impossible.”

Premier League champions Leicester confront the FA Cup winners at the start of the unused season at 17:15 BST on Saturday.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said it was “a distinguished match for us” and he was “happy that we are there”.

The previous Liverpool boss added: “We’ve won the FA Cup against a very pleasing team. It’s going to be a distinguished occasion. Wembley, a packed house and a chance to get something at the end of it. Manchester City are distinguished. Teams.”

The Foxes suffer injuries in defense with Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans, James Justin and Timothy Castagne out.

French defender Fofana added to Rodgers’ concerns afterwards broken leg In a friendly match against Villarreal on Wednesday, he faces a lengthy period of work.

Rodgers added: “We’re definitely light in the central defense zone. It’s something we should definitely look at.

“There are people who have been identified. We have a little list of players to look at so we can see.”

Leicester could debut in the ranks of summer deals Patson Dhaka, Popakari Somare and Ryan Bertrand.

Guardiola plays the “final” for Emilio Ballack

On Thursday, Emilio Ballack, son of previous Germany and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack, It was edited at the age of 18..

The teenager was involved in a quad bike accident, which police told Reuters said occurred in the beforetime hours of Thursday morning, south of Lisbon.

Guardiola said he wanted to play the final “as best he can” and try to triumph the match “to dedicate it” to Michael Ballack and his family.

The previous Bayern Munich coach added: “I will go into the Community Shield final tomorrow thinking of Michael Ballack’s son, Emilio Ballack. He was a comrade of my family, we met him in Munich.

“An distinguished 18-year-old boy, incredibly educated and unfortunately had a dreadful accident in Portugal.”

Match stats

  • This would be only the second meeting between Leicester and Manchester City at Wembley, as the Nationals won the 1969 FA Cup Final 1-0 in the other match.
  • Leicester have won only two of their 20 meetings with Manchester City outside the league (D7 L11), winning 3-0 in January 1920 and 4-3 in February 1968 (both in the FA Cup).


  • Leicester have won their final two matches played at Wembley, which is less than they have won only one in their first 14 matches on the field (W3 D1 L10).
  • This is Leicester’s third appearance in the Community Shield, beating Liverpool 1-0 in 1971 and losing 2-1 to Manchester United in 2016.
  • Jamie Vardy scored half of Leicester’s eight goals at the ‘unused’ Wembley Stadium. However, he was on the losing side in all three matches in which he found the net at Wembley for the Foxes.
  • Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is set to be the first British coach to take charge of a team in the Community Shield since David Moyes’ Manchester United beat Wigan 2-0 in 2013.


  • Man City have won the Community Shield in three of their final four matches in the match, the alike number they have won in their previous eight matches (W3 L5).
  • With the exception of 2019 (when Manchester City emerged as a double winner), the FA Cup winners have won the Community Shield in five of the final six seasons, with the exception of Manchester City’s 2-0 triumph over Chelsea in 2018.
  • Man City have lost only twice of their final 12 matches at Wembley (W8 D2), with the two defeats appearing in the FA Cup semi-finals (2020 vs Arsenal, 2021 vs Chelsea).
  • Riyad Mahrez has played against Leicester City six times since his departure from Manchester City in 2018, as the Algerian scored two goals and assisted two goals in five matches against his previous club during this period.

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