Guardiola confirms Riyad Mahrez will be in contention for Community Shield

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that new signing Riyad Mahrez is in contention to start Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Chelsea at Wembley.

Mahrez was forced off during last weekend’s final match of the US pre-season tour against Bayern Munich with an ankle knock.

However, at Friday’s press conference to preview the game against the FA Cup winners, Pep revealed that the attacking midfielder, who moved to the club from Leicester City last month, had trained and was fit for selection.

“Mahrez is good. He had a little bit of pain but he trained day before yesterday - I think so (he can play on Sunday),” Guardiola confirmed.

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The City manager also revealed that he would have his full compliment of players available again after this weekend’s game.

Though the majority of players who were on duty at the World Cup finals in the summer have now returned to training, Raheem Stirling and Kevin de Bruyne are still on their post-Russia breaks.

“Kevin and Sterling are not here but they will be back after the game on Sunday,” Pep confirmed.

“From Monday we will be back all together and think about what we have to do to keep last season’s level.”

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The City manager also revealed how much he was looking forward to locking horns with new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri who has taken charge at Stamford Bridge this summer from Antonio Conte after leaving Napoli.

“I am happy that he is here in the Premier League,” Pep added. “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.”

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Source: Manchester City

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