By Ben Dinnery

30th Nov, 2021 | 6:40pm

Injury expert tips Guardiola 'curveball' after Foden latest at Man City

Pep Guardiola could throw a tactical “curveball” to cope with the potential injury-enforced absence of Phil Foden at Man City.

So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Foden was absent for the 2-1 win over West Ham on 28 November after complaining of discomfort in the Champions League four days earlier.

The 21-year-old midfielder did play the full 90 minutes in that 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain, however.

Pep Guardiola told City’s media team today (30 November) that Foden was “in training” and will be tested ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Aston Villa.

Dinnery predicts that Guardiola could make a left-field team selection if the England international is not passed fit.

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“There hasn’t been specific info for Foden’s injury,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“It’s always difficult to read between the lines with Pep.

“Given the fact he had a late fitness test ahead of the Everton game, I felt it was a risk to play him in the Champions League game, but he did it anyway.

“Whether he has exacerbated that original injury then, we don’t really know. He picked up another knock and he had been working individually.

“I think it was the right decision to keep him out last weekend against West Ham.

“Unless a player can train fully ahead of the game, they won’t be considered for a return. Foden is making progress in terms of his recovery.

“But City are blessed with depth and there’s a lot of alternatives. That’s why it’s hard to second guess Guardiola. He might always throw a curveball.”

Foden has five goals and four assists in 14 appearances in all competitions this season.

His side are a single point behind Chelsea at the top of the table going into tomorrow’s evening fixture.

In other news, Man City make decision on Nathan Ake transfer to Newcastle United.