Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Manchester City will be without Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden "for a while" due to injuries.
Foden missed England's Euro 2020 final due to a foot injury and left the Three Lions camp on crutches wearing a protective boot, while De Bruyne is still reeling from a knock he picked during Belgium's Euro 2020 campaign.
And Guardiola admitted Saturday's Community Shield meeting with Leicester at Wembley will come too soon for the duo, but unlike Foden, De Bruyne could be fit for City's Premier League opener against Tottenham next Sunday.
"Phil will be out for a while, a tough injury, we have to be careful with it," the City boss said.
"Kevin is still out. I think he will come back a bit sooner than Phil apparently. But both are still out for a while.
"Today, the managers in the big clubs, there are many internationals - we cannot work. We are here to handle the team spirit as well as possible, that time when you have four or five weeks to prepare.
"Half of the team is out and we don't complain. It's a pleasure to play the Community Shield. I'm lucky in the sixth season and my players know what they have to do. So difficult, the schedule is crazy, so tough."
While City will be without their star midfielders, their new addition Jack Grealish could feature, but Guardiola said the former Aston Villa midfielder isn't quite ready to start and will need time to adjust to life at the club.
“He’s not ready to start - one week training alone - but he’ll travel and be on the bench and we’ll see what happens,"
Guardiola added, “Normally top players adapt quick to physicality, he has to understand. Maybe I’m wrong and we cannot help him - but I’ve a feeling he knows what he has to do.”