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Phil Foden is surely nailed on for first Manchester City start this weekend

Manchester City host Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend in the Premier League, and the Citizens will be missing their best player of the season so far.

Pep Guardiola has confirmed Kevin De Bruyne will not feature for the champions at the Etihad in Sunday’s clash, having sustained a slight groin injury against Everton last weekend.

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De Bruyne was forced to sit out the Champions League game against Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday, and he will now have an extended rest period with the next international break imminent.

Guardiola will have to think carefully about how best to minimalise the blow of losing the superstar Belgian, and there is surely only one man the Spaniard should be thinking of playing in his place.

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TBR’s view

Some fans were irked to see Phil Foden left on the bench against Zagreb, and those same supporters will be itching to see him handed a start against Wolves.

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It would make sense, with Ilkay Gundogan and David Silva having both played 90 minutes against the Croatian outfit.

Foden is fresh and raring to go, and Guardiola should have the trust in him to be able to do a job.

The 19-year-old is absolutely good enough, and could run rings around a Wolves side who were in Europa League action against Besiktas in Turkey on Thursday.

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