Guardiola hopeful De Bruyne injury 'not serious'

Guardiola hopeful De Bruyne injury 'not serious'

Guardiola hopeful De Bruyne injury 'not serious'

Timothy Fosu-Mensah landed awkwardly on De Bruyne towards the end of Manchester City's Carabao Cup victory on Thursday night.

There was concern for De Bruyne after the City midfielder limped off with what appeared to be a knee injury in the closing minutes.

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The 27-year-old had scans on Friday that revealed the left knee injury is serious enough that he is unlikely to be back in action until mid-December, although he does not require surgery.

He will definitely be out of City's next two games, against Southampton on Sunday and Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, though he will be helped by the November worldwide break following the derby.

And that has all but assured Bernardo Silva's spot in the City first team for as many as the next seven games as he continues to shine in De Bruyne's absence.

"They played five at the back, four in the middle, so deep, so physical".

"He's being checked with the doctors so I don't know right now (how he is)", he said.

"Kevin was already out two and a half months, and we are sad for him".

Spanish youngster Brahim Diaz took the most plaudits from the evening after bagging himself both goals on the evening.

British newspapers reported this week that Diaz was likely to leave City next year over his frustration at a lack of playing time since moving from Malaga in 2016, and Guardiola said he understood the situation.

Guardiola has also responded to reports in Spain linking City, once again, with a move for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. He is quoted by Goal as saying: "We do not know if it is nothing or something serious".

Guardiola said: "We've had just three days for regeneration and they've had one week to prepare, so it will be a tough, tough game".

"We played like the competition and game deserved".

The Saints may be without a Premier League win since September 1, but have at least stemmed the flow of goals conceded by recording successive goalless draws. We are delighted to and will do absolutely everything to keep him with us.

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