Man City's De Bruyne facing 6 weeks out with new knee injury

Man City's De Bruyne facing 6 weeks out with new knee injury

Man City's De Bruyne facing 6 weeks out with new knee injury

De Bruyne was making his first start since returning from a ten-match absence due to ligament damage suffered in August but now looks set to miss next week's Manchester Derby.

De Bruyne put on a dominant display in the 2-0 victory but fell awkwardly after tangling with Timothy Fosu-Mensah in the closing stages and was forced off the field holding his knee.

Kevin De Bruyne's latest injury setback has dealt a blow to Manchester City's Premier League title defence. Never. I know how important he is to Barcelona.

It was the only sour moment on a comfortable night for City as they eased into the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup.

"They also don't give up too many clear-cut chances, and are very adept at stopping opposition attacks, either by fair means or foul - they will knock you over, stop things very quickly and it is very hard to get a foothold and some momentum". Phil plays a good level every time he plays. "I've said one thousand times about that".

"I wouldn't say just one in particular, we made again an excellent performance without the ball we were aggressive".

"But we try to play our best football and be competitive and pass to the next round".

Guardiola pointed out that he is not directly involved in contract talks but said: "The fact is we want him".

"They know how we want to protect them", Guardiola said of Diaz and other highly regarded young players.

"But it doesn't depend on us".

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.

"The opinion is so high".

Further forward, Leroy Sane completed 90 minutes on Thursday so Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling are expected to return in the wide roles behind a well-rested Sergio Aguero.

It proved a glorious opportunity for the Portuguese, signed from Monaco for £43 million ($56 million) a year ago and limited to just 15 league starts last season as he struggled to compete for regular football among City's talented squad. "It is the agent, him, his family, they will decide".

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