Pep’s Presser: Fernandinho and Sterling pre-Arsenal injury updates, Foden contract, Yaya Touré’s status

If the snow doesn’t disrupt plans, Manchester City and Arsenal will do battle again on Thursday night after City’s triumph over the Gunners at Wembley in the Carabao Cup final.

Away days at the Emirates usually prove tricky for City, and Pep Guardiola is conscious of that.

“Arsenal is always a tough game. And when they play, they are a tough, tough team. Maybe they have lacked consistency this season, but at home they are strong,” said Guardiola.

Raheem Sterling is a doubt for tomorrow, but has a chance, while Fernandinho is definitely out.

“Sterling is much, much better. I don’t know if he can play tomorrow but hopefully Chelsea or Basel.

“Fernandinho tomorrow is out.”

Phil Foden is reportedly in line for a new long-term contract when he turns 18, and Pep was asked about this, pretty much confirming those stories.

“Phil knows we want to keep him for a long time. He has to grow up and become strong but there is huge quality there.”

One of the more interesting moments of the presser was when Pep was quizzed about if Yaya Touré could come in for the absent Fernandinho. The City boss’ responses were cold and blunt.

“Could Yaya Touré step in (for Fernandinho)?”

Pep: “Depends on him.”

“What does he need to do?”

Pep: “Depends on him.”

“He’s fit?”


Pep spoke about the importance of focus ahead, with nothing won yet despite City’s 13 point lead at the top.

“In the Premier League it’s a game every three days. The league is constant. The players know that. They know how important the league is for the club. We are always focused and we know how tough it will be until the end of the season.”

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