Manchester City and England international duo Jack Grealish and Phil Foden have emerged from a recent Euro 2024 qualifier with ‘cuts all over’, it has been revealed.
The Manchester City pair are expected to return to duties with Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions in the coming days, as the club finalise preparations ready for the visit of Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.
While Grealish and Foden appeared to emerge from their international commitments relatively unscathed on an injury front, it has since emerged that both players have sustained minor issues following the second of their two European Championship qualifying games.
Speaking after the 1-1 draw between North Macedonia and England, Jack Grealish revealed that the vicious nature of the playing surface in Skopje has left the aforementioned Manchester City duo with ‘cuts all over’.
“I have got cuts all over. The pitch was awful,” Grealish commented, as relayed by the Mirror. “It baffles me how pitches like that are acceptable, to be honest. There were like little stones everywhere.”
The Manchester City winger continued, “Phil (Foden) has cut his hand because of the stones on the pitch but yes, it is part of what you are going to get to some places.”
Given the concerns surrounding the Skopje surface, Pep Guardiola and all those at Manchester City will be relieved to know of the aforementioned issues being the only problems to have been sustained by their English contingent.
The Manchester City manager is expected to deliver a full update on the fitness of his squad when he faces the media on Friday afternoon, with a number of issues concerning the likes of Mateo Kovacic, Nathan Ake, and Ederson still outstanding.
Guardiola may also be quizzed on Rodri and Erling Haaland, after both men sustained fitness concerns during the international break, but appear to have shaken off such problems in time for the return of Manchester City this week.
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