Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

De Bruyne to miss Manchester derby with new knee injury

De Bruyne to miss Manchester derby with new knee injury

Although De Bruyne, whose wife gave birth to their second child on Wednesday, does not require an operation, he will fly to Barcelona to see specialist Dr Ramon Cagut. We want to protect them, help them. that goes for him all of the players in the academy.

"Nobody likes to be injured", City manager Pep Guardiola said.

He is also expected to be ruled out of this Sunday's league game against Southampton, the Champions League tie at home to Shakhtar Donetsk three days later and matches against West Ham, Lyon and Bournemouth. "We want him but it doesn't depend on us, it is the agent, him, family - they decide".

"Playing in the top teams is not easy for young players, but he showed his qualities again". Guardiola admitted that he is aware of Brahim's frustration: "As far as we are concerned, he's a very good player - that's our opinion of him". After several years with City, the player chose to stay with the English club at the start of this season but opportunities have proved few and far between and that could force him to seek playing time elsewhere.

City, the defending League Cup champion, will play either Leicester or Southampton in the quarterfinals.

With the cup game squeezed in between two Premier League fixtures in a six-day span, Guardiola took the opportunity to play many of his fringe players.

Having assessed his knee, City's medical staff have revealed the damage is serious enough to keep De Bruyne out for around a month and possibly up to six weeks.

"I think today Kevin is back".

"It was a hard situation because of the pitch and the conditions and tough physicality but today again he was involved in the offensive and defensive side, in the pace, in the set pieces, the passes and assists".

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