Manchester City’s Spanish coach, Josep Guardiola, revealed, on Friday, that the injury will keep Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne out of action for up to 6 weeks.
De Bruyne suffered a muscle injury nearly an hour after City’s victory over Aston Villa in the middle of the week in the Premier League competitions, and the tests that the player underwent revealed that he might need 6 weeks to recover.
De Bruyne will miss important dates for City next month against defending champions Liverpool and Tottenham, with his first match away from the team on Saturday, in the fourth round of the Cup competition against Cheltenham Town in the third division.
Guardiola, whose team ranks second in the league, two points behind his neighbor United, with a postponed match up to his sleeve, on the eve of the cup match, said: “Doctors said they would review the x-ray examination on Friday, and this is what they did, and with this, the result came that the absence period will be between 4 and 6 weeks “.
Guardiola stressed: “We have to move forward, Kevin is important to us, but unfortunately for him and for us he will miss an important part of the season, we must find solutions because everyone is suffering and we have to cope.”
Guardiola also misses defender Kyle Walker in the same game against Aston Villa in Saturday’s match, but the Spanish coach seemed more optimistic about him, saying: “It was just a kick. He won’t be available tomorrow, but maybe next week he will be with the team.”
City will also miss Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, due to his infection with the emerging corona-virus. Guardiola said: “What we wish for him is a recovery. He was upset in the two or three days that followed his positive result. He felt very tired and suffered symptoms, but he has improved now and we want him to return. We have missed our best goalscorer for a long time due to injuries, as is the case with Kevin D. Bruin, we have to manage until they get back. “