Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne is set to be out injured for up to four months
They might have a deep squad but as Pep said in his press conference, KdB is 'irreplaceable'.
Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne is reportedly set to be out for up to four months, meaning he could very well miss the rest of the year. Ouch.
De Bruyne suffered an injury during Man City‘s opening game of the season against newly promoted Burnley when he limped off with a hamstring strain just 23 minutes into the match at Turf Moor on Friday.
The Belgian had not long recovered from an injury in the Champions League final back in June, with Pep Guardiola managing his fitness and game time throughout his team’s pre-season tour.
However, after the problem flared up once again on Friday, Pep has confirmed that “it is a serious injury“, projecting between “three to four months” and adding that the club will now have to decide whether or not de Bruyne will undergo surgery.
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The 32-year-old has not only been one of the best at City and in the English top flight for several years now but is still undoubtedly one of the best in the world even at his age, winning countless awards including both club and the Premier League‘s Player of the Year awards on multiple occasions.
Speaking on the injury, Guardiola said that it is “a big loss” and to lose him for a long time is “really, really tough”, but insisted that he has players with different talents and that this will be “an opportunity for the others” to fight their way into the team.
Also appearing in the presser ahead of City’s UEFA Super Cup game against Europa League winners Sevilla, midfielder partner Rodri said: “He is one of the most important players of the Club. For sure we will miss him a lot. We will try and support him in this bad moment… I saw him the other day and he was positive… Hopefully, we can have him back soon because he has been so important.”
You can watch Man City’s pre-match press conference down below:
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