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Phil Foden concedes Euro 2020 injury was “difficult” to get over after Man City return


Foden struggled with injury during the European Championships with England and has admitted he will need time in order to get back to his best form at Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola post match Southampton

Phil Foden has opened up on the injury that ruled him out of the Euro 2020 final and admitted it will take time to get back to his best.

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Foden made his first Premier League appearance of the season in Manchester City ‘s goalless draw with Southampton, coming off the bench in the second-half.

A foot injury saw the 21-year-old miss England ‘s penalty shoot-out final defeat to Italy, but Foden said he is determined to make up for lost time.

“It’s really nice to be back from such a long injury,” said Foden.

“It was a difficult one to get over, but now I’m back I’m enjoying my football and just trying to take every minute that comes.

Foden has been joined by England teammate Jack Grealish at the Etihad

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“It takes quite a while, previously when I’ve had injuries, to get it [sharpness] back, but that will come with more minutes I get and hopefully I can get back to my best soon.

“I’m very excited. We’ve had new signings like Jack Grealish to add more quality to the squad and I’m looking forward to this year.”

On City’s stalemate with Saints, Foden said: “Southampton made it difficult for us. We just need to move on from it and look forward to the next game.

“Every Premier League game is very physical, we can still take positives from the game.

“We didn’t give up till the end and we gave everything. We need to keep that mentality into the next games.

“All I can say is Southampton gave us a great game and we just need to go again.”

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Manager Pep Guardiola admitted that City ‘didn’t have the freshness in their minds’ as he rued his side’s display.

“I wouldn’t say in our legs, in our mind. It is a pity,” said the Spaniard.

“They had four or five chances and didn’t shoot much. We were there and could not be more clinical in the final third.

“It has to happen from behind and behind was not good. We were not good in our build-up, we lost simple balls in our process because we were not clever and a little bit sloppy,” he added.

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“That is why I have to compliment Southampton. We move forward.”

On his comments urging supporters to attend Saturday’s match following their Champions League victory over RB Leipzig on Wednesday, Guardiola admitted he ‘felt guilty’ for fans witnessing a disappointing result.

“Always when the game is not good I feel bad,” Citizens boss revealed.

“[The fans] come to see a show, to see a game. When it doesn’t happen I feel a bit guilty because we didn’t play good.”

“I didn’t say anything wrong after Leipzig,” he continued. “I said we had an incredibly tough game against Southampton and we would need the support from the fans.

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“I never complained about how many come or don’t come. I have never thought this in my life. I don’t know why people are asking me this question. I’m grateful even if 85 or 100 people come.”

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