Riyad Mahrez returns to Manchester on crutches after damaging his ankle in friendly win over Bayern Munich as Pep Guardiola faces anxious wait to find out full extent of the injury
- Riyad Mahrez has returned to Manchester on crutches after damaging his ankle
- The Algerian hurt his left ankle during Man City’s 3-2 win over Bayern Munich
- City face an anxious wait to see whether he will be fit for the start of the season
- Mahrez is set to undergo further assessments after City returned from US tour
Riyad Mahrez has returned to Manchester on crutches after damaging his ankle in the friendly victory over Bayern Munich on Saturday evening.
The full extent of Mahrez’s injury has not yet been revealed as Pep Guardiola faces an anxious wait to see whether his record-signing will be fit for the start of the season.
The winger is set for further assessments on his ankle now that City have returned from their pre-season tour of America, though his prospects of featuring against Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley next Sunday currently look bleak.
Riyad Mahrez has returned to Manchester on crutches after damaging his left ankle
City are waiting to find out the extent of his injury but fear he could the start of the season
Mahrez picked up an ankle problem five minutes into the match in Miami and was unable to run it off, collapsing to the pitch in agony.
With just one week until the new season starts for City, the club must hope that the injury is not as bad as it first appeared.
‘I don’t know,’ Pep Guardiola said when asked about the extent of the issue.
‘I wasn’t in the locker room. It was his ankle. We will see, maybe it is not a problem.
Riyad Mahrez hurt his left ankle during Manchester City’s 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich
The £60m summer signing from Leicester fell awkwardly after a tussle with Chris Richards
‘I’m concerned for many things, for injured players, players who are still not here but I am so satisfied for what all of the guys on the tour have done.’
Leroy Sane sat the final tour match out, remaining on the bench despite playing during the defeat by Liverpool in New Jersey.
‘His physical condition is still not good,’ Guardiola added. ‘He has to train a little bit more but he is not injured.’
Mahrez was treated on the pitch by City medical staff but was unable to complete the first half
City are now unsure whether Mahrez will be fit to play in next month’s Community Shield