Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola held his customary pre-match press conference at the Etihad Campus on Friday ahead of the Blues’ trip to Tony Pulis’ West Brom tomorrow afternoon.
The boss confirmed that Vincent Kompany has been in Barcelona to see specialist Dr Ramon Cugat and is closing in on a return.
“Kompany just travelled (to Barcelona) so we’ll see how his injury is,” Pep told the assembled press. “In the next week or ten days, he will be coming back (to training). It’s a muscular injury.”
Pep was asked what chances the Manchester City trio – Curtis Anderson, Joel Latibeaudiere and Phil Foden – representing England’s under-17 team at the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup have of making it at City.
“Phil (Foden) has been training with the first team, Joel Latibeaudiere also has sometimes,” Pep replied.
“Young players play when they deserve it. It is up to him (Foden) and his quality and up to us to help them to develop.”
England play Spain in the final of the competition tomorrow and Pep is “happy” to see how far they have progressed.
“We are so happy for the players. It’s so good for English football. Big congratulations for the team.”
Martin Keown and others have suggested this City side could achieve an unbeaten season, something Pep is having none of.
“I answered that in the last press conference. Forget about it.”
Finally, if City avoid defeat tomorrow, it will be a year that Gabriel Jesus has never been on a losing side – something Pep didn’t seem too aware of, but impressed by nonetheless.
“One year is a lot of games. Wow, what a record! Amazing!”