Phil Foden must wonder what he has to do to earn a starting place at Manchester City and can only hope he will finally get a chance during their glut of December fixtures.

Saturday’s Premier League home meeting with Bournemouth is the first of nine games across three competitions that City will play during the final month of 2018.

There is no doubt that Pep Guardiola thinks plenty of 18-year-old midfielder Foden, and so do those running the club, who are understood to be in negotiations to extend his contract until 2024.

But the manager’s positive words about the England Under-21 international have yet to translate into a big chance in a really big game.

Foden has made six starts for the club – two in Champions League matches that effectively had nothing riding on them, three in the League Cup and one in this season’s Community Shield. All 12 of his Premier League appearances have come as a substitute.

It appeared as if Foden might get his opportunity on Tuesday, when City travelled to Lyon needing a point to secure their place in the Champions League knockout stages.

Guardiola, needing to pick a team without the injured Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva, said in his pre-match press conference that Foden was “definitely ready”.

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By Ian Dei

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