Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola mentioned on Friday he believes the upcoming World Cup is in gamers’ minds as they attempt to keep away from damage amidst a congested schedule for his or her golf equipment.
Guardiola confirmed that England duo Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips are unlikely to play for the Premier League champions once more earlier than the break for the World Cup subsequent month as they battle to slot in time to be chosen by Gareth Southgate.
Manchester United’s Raphael Varane left the sector in tears when the France centre-back suffered a muscle damage towards Chelsea final week.
Nearly all of Premier League golf equipment taking part in in Europe are in the course of a run of 13 video games in a most of 42 days.
“I’m fairly certain they’ve one eye on the World Cup,” mentioned Guardiola at his pre-match press convention forward of Metropolis’s journey to Leicester.
“Sadly many gamers received injured and can miss the World Cup. It is a large blow for them.
“Now it’s simply two or three weeks earlier than the top, so it’s the final effort. I all the time say one of the best ways to not get injured is to be centered and provides your most within the sport. Whenever you lose the eye is if you end up in danger.”
Erling Haaland will not be going to Qatar as Norway didn’t qualify, however is nursing a foot damage.
Haaland got here off at half-time of Metropolis’s 0-0 draw towards Borussia Dortmund in midweek, however Guardiola refused to substantiate whether or not the Premier League’s prime goalscorer will likely be match to face the Foxes.
“He feels higher,” added Guardiola. “Now we have coaching this afternoon and we’ll assess him in a couple of hours.”