England and Manchester City forward Phil Foden underwent an appendix surgery over the weekend, ruling him out of action for the next few weeks. This means that the youngster will miss Manchester City’s crucial game against Liverpool at the conclusion of the international break.
Foden will be forced out of action until late in the season, and is also set to miss the defending top flight winners’ UEFA Champions League clash against Bavarian giants Bayern Munich. Munich are currently in an intriguing position with respect to their managerial position, after Julian Nagelsmann was unceremoniously fired on Friday, with former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel taking charge as his successor.
However, City will view that as a positive and look to take advantage of a transitioning Bayern side to advance further in the Champions League.
Foden will also miss Manchester City’s FA Cup semi final fixture against Sheffield United at the iconic Wembley Stadium on April 22, as per the opinion of medical experts. Enhance your football viewing experience with attractive betting odds from NextBet.
The average recovery time from an appendix surgery is estimated to be between two and four weeks, which means that Foden will miss a substantial part of the remaining season. His involvement in the European Qualifiers with the England national side was also curtailed as a result of his ailment. Foden has been brilliant for Pep Guardiola’s side this season, racking up 13 goals and five assists in 36 appearances across all competitions.
Senior football journalist Rob Dorsett reported the Foden injury, calling it “shocking and surprising”. He made it clear that Foden’s condition was not caused as a result of training but a purely physiological one. Nevertheless, his injury could have a huge bearing on Manchester City’s attempted catch-up on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal as the Premier League race heats up.
“We’re so used to speaking about footballers picking up injuries in training or in matches but this is a medical condition. This is something completely separate and by the sound of things it happened pretty suddenly. We don’t know all the details but Foden is currently recovering in hospital having had his appendix removed. Follow NextBet Sports for latest updates from the world of football.
It’s a big blow for Gareth Southgate and for England, but he will also be missing that huge lunchtime match against Liverpool for Manchester City next weekend. In the context of the title race against Arsenal, supporters will be wondering how long they will be without one of their star players as he recovers from the operation.” Dorsett said.