For the 4-0 win against West Ham United at the weekend the Manchester outfit were without both Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva due to injury issues. When speaking about the players he could potentially call upon Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League against Lyon, Guardiola said he'd have no issue using Foden, per Jack Gaughan of the MailOnline.
"Phil's definitely ready," he said. "He played 20 minutes in the last game [at West Ham] and was so aggressive with the ball and intense without it. ... When Phil appeared in the last pre-season game I was incredibly impressed, and I think he's stronger and more conscious that he's able to play with us."
As noted by Gaughan, in addition to Silva and De Bruyne being missing for the game against Lyon, Ilkay Gundogan will also sit the match out.
Per Sam Lee of Goal, Guardiola provided an update on the condition of the Germany international:
It means that Foden could line up alongside veterans David Silva and Fernandinho in central midfield for the showdown at the Groupama Stadium.
It would be Foden's first start outside the Carabao Cup wins over Oxford United and Fulham. And City supporters will be keen to see what the midfielder can do against some high-class opposition.
The match will be a big opportunity for Foden, as the midfield quality at Guardiola's disposal means he is rarely this high up the pecking order:
However, when he has been introduced in games he's showcased glimpses of tremendous potential. In the recent Manchester derby he made an eye-catching impact, helping City to a 3-1 win over rivals United:
Foden has all the attributes to slot into this City setup. The 18-year-old is a natural with the ball at his feet, while his change of pace and vision helps get the best out of attacking stars ahead of him.
It's also clear how much City means to him as a local lad, as Foden celebrated his first goal for the club against Oxford with a lot of passion:
Although his first strike will be a moment to cherish forever, an outing at Lyon in the Champions League would potentially eclipse that. A win for City would be enough for them to secure qualification for the next stage and top the group.
Mark Critchley of The Independent recently reported the youngster is ready to commit his future to the club.