Kevin De Bruyne faces up to four weeks of hiatus due to a hamstring injury in a heavy blow City of Manchester.
After evaluating De Bruyne, City medical staff believe his likely absence will be between two and three weeks.
But they did not rule out that he would be sidelined for a little longer.
There is no desire at City to speed up De Bruyne’s rehabilitation and risk losing him for a longer period if he returns to action before the injury is fully healed.
This means De Bruyne will miss tomorrow’s FA Cup match at Cheltenham Stadium, a match that he would always have been likely to miss anyway.
Then Pep Guardiola’s team plays Tottenham And the Arsenal In the league, hoping De Bruyne, their most influential player, recovers with three goals and 10 assists in the Premier League this season, and will be available for both matches.
Pep Guardiola said a little about De Bruyne’s injury after Villa’s victory, simply saying, “Kevin put his hand on his leg, so I have the feeling it’s going to be something muscular.”
De Bruyne now faces a race against time to be fit for the tough meeting with Liverpool at Anfield next month.
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