This was confirmed by Pep Guardiola at Friday’s press conference. Manchester City’s Belgian midfield maestro injured himself during Belgium’s international match against England and had to be replaced just over a quarter of an hour before the end.
– Unfortunately, De Bruyne is out, but the other players came back unharmed. I do not think the injury is serious, but I think he will miss the next matches. We’ll see. I can not answer how long he is out, because I do not know, says Guardiola.
Manchester City meet Arsenal at the Etihad on Saturday at 18.30.
Guardiola can rejoice that Sergio Agüero is back in full training. The Argentine has not played a game since the 30th round of the league last season.
– We are satisfied. All teams need strikers. He has trained for three or four days, and he has trained well. I’m happy to see him back on the pitch after such a long time away, says Guardiola.
Manchester City have struggled in the lead after Agüero’s natural replacement, Brazilian Gabriel Jesus, was also injured a few weeks ago. Jesus is not yet ready to fight.
– There are muscle injuries where you can take risks, and there are some where you can not. He is injured in a place in the leg where he can risk being out for a long, long time if he takes the chance, says the City manager.