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Manchester City's new signing Riyad Mahrez can start Sunday's match against Chelsea

Manchester City's new signing Riyad Mahrez has shaken off an ankle knock picked up in pre-season and the forward could start Sunday's Community Shield match against Chelsea, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.


Reuters Last Updated at 03 Aug 2018, 19:08 IST United Kingdom
Manchester City's new signing Riyad Mahrez can start Sunday's match against Chelsea
  • Standing in City's way in their quest to begin the season with a trophy are FA Cup champions Chelsea, who have replaced manager Antonio Conte with compatriot and former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri. (Image Credit: Reuters)

Manchester City's new signing Riyad Mahrez has shaken off an ankle knock picked up in pre-season and the forward could start Sunday's Community Shield match against Chelsea, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.

Mahrez, who joined the Premier League champions on a five-year contract last month, was forced off the pitch after a tough challenge by Bayern Munich defender Chris Richards in their final pre-season clash in the United States.

"Mahrez is good. He had a little bit of pain but he trained the day before yesterday. I think so (he can play on Sunday)," Guardiola told a news conference.

Spaniard Guardiola, who guided City to the Premier League and League Cup double last season, will not have the services of forwarding Raheem Sterling and midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, with both players still not ready following the World Cup in Russia.

"Kevin and Sterling are not here but they will be back after the game on Sunday," Guardiola added. "From Monday we will be back all together and think about what we have to do to keep last season's level."

The city is looking to become the first team since their illustrious neighbors Manchester United to defend the top flight title. United achieved that feat a decade ago.

Standing in City's way in their quest to begin the season with a trophy are FA Cup champions Chelsea, who have replaced manager Antonio Conte with compatriot and former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri.

"I am happy that he (Sarri) is here in the Premier League," Guardiola said. "I will learn a lot to see his team every weekend. I saw three games. He gets it, the team in a short time plays like he wants.

"I think it will be a good game, always Chelsea is a big rival. Antonio was, Maurizio will be too. The style of play will be perfect for English football."

City begins their league campaign with a trip to Arsenal on Aug. 12 while Chelsea travels to Huddersfield Town the previous day.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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