Man City head coach Pep Guardiola says Kevin De Bruyne could miss up to four months with a hamstring injury that saw him substituted 23 minutes into Friday’s 3-0 win over Burnley. Champions final match League last season with the same problem.
4:43 p.m. UK, Tuesday 15 August 2023
Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne faces “a few months” with a hamstring injury. Manchester City now have to decide whether he will undergo surgery or not.
The 32-year-old midfielder was substituted in the first half of the Champions League final against Inter. milan in june and did not play a single minute during pre-season
De Bruyne returned as a second-half substitute in the community game. The Shield lost to Arsenal and captained Burnley in Friday’s Premier League opener.
But the Belgian playmaker spent just 23 minutes at Turf Moor looking like nothing happened. He signaled to the bench that he felt something.
Guardiola has confirmed the same hamstring related issue and will see him miss out. “A couple of weeks,” but it got worse than initially feared and had to decide to have surgery.
“It’s a serious injury,” the City boss said at a press conference ahead of the UEFA Super Cup clash with Sevilla.
“We have to decide whether to have surgery or not to have surgery. But in the next few months.”
A decision about surgery will be made in the coming days. and he might miss “Three or four months,” added Guardiola.
When Guardiola was pressured by the cause for De Bruyne has aggravated an Achilles tendon problem. He appears to be bemoaning the pre-season schedule being cut short after his team won the treble.
“Give me 25 days to prepare and you won’t get hurt. Of course we could say ‘don’t play’. I spoke to the doctor and the physio with him. And he said he felt fine. Unfortunately, it happened.”
He missed most of City’s pre-season. but came off the bench in a community game The Shield were defeated by Arsenal on August 6, providing an assist for Cole Palmer.
“may [we shouldn’t have taken a chance to start him]said Guardiola. sky sports After winning Burnley
“But what happened in 15 minutes could be an injury in the 60s, 65s, 70s when the fatigue comes to the legs. But we had an injury in 15 minutes.
When asked if City could defend de Bruyne with reinforcements? Guardiola added: “We’ll wait and see.”
“After what happened We haven’t talked at all. [director of football] small [Begiristain] But we will look at opportunities and possibilities.”
Any chance of Foden stepping up?
City midfielder Rodri has revealed that De Bruyne remains positive despite the apparent setback and feels Phil Foden can fill a creative gap in a key role.
“with Phil [Foden]It’s not about Kevin’s injury. He’s a player who can play anywhere, let’s see, I think he’s our best player between the lines. and I like him there But he was also very decisive.
“He’s talented even playing centrally. So let’s see where the manager decides where he plays.
“I didn’t know it was that big, to be honest,” Rodri added as De. Broyne out for a long time “He is one of the most important players at the club, and of course we will miss him a lot. And no one wants him to get hurt.”
“I saw him the other day. and he is full of positives He needs to recover and we will miss him. but at the same time We have a very complete squad to play without him in his absence. When he returns we will be delighted to welcome him because he has been a very important player for many years.
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