Kevin De Bruyne ruled out of Man City’s Premier League clash with Arsenal and will miss the next few matches after hobbling out of Belgium against England
- Manchester City host Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday evening
- Pep Guardiola will come up against his former City assistant Mikel Arteta again
- Guardiola has been dealt a huge injury blow ahead of the clash at the Etihad
- Kevin De Bruyne will miss the match and is expected to be out for some time
- City can call upon Sergio Aguero however after he returned to full training
Manchester City were dealt another injury blow after a burnt out Kevin De Bruyne’s muscle fatigue dictated he must miss Saturday’s clash against Arsenal.
De Bruyne recently bemoaned the heavy workload, revealing that his ‘body is screaming out for a rest but nobody listens to the players,’ before then leaving the Belgium camp following their 2-1 defeat by England.
Pep Guardiola would not put a timeframe on the 29-year-old’s absence but it represents real problems for a City side that have struggled to break opposition teams down.
Man City were dealt a huge blow after Kevin De Bruyne was ruled out of the Arsenal clash
‘Kevin has had no pre-season, had eight days holiday in the summer but has a family with a newborn and could not go and rest,’ Guardiola said. ‘He’s played really good as always but at the end (of the day), the boy has a limit and he gets injured. I don’t think it is a big thing.’ Regardless, De Bruyne looks likely to miss Wednesday’s Champions League opener with Porto and next week’s trip to West Ham.
City’s season has been ravaged by injuries, while a number of first-team regulars tested positive for coronavirus last month.
Guardiola can now call upon Sergio Aguero, however, with the striker having completed enough full training sessions to be in contention for a place on the bench on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola will be hoping his Man City side bounce back after no wins in two league games
Aguero, whose minutes will be carefully handled on his return, has not played since victory over Arsenal in June and suffered a setback on his recovery from a knee injury over the summer.
Yet Gabriel Jesus remains sidelined – again with a muscle issue – while Raheem Sterling should prove his fitness after pulling out of England duty with a hamstring complaint.
‘Last season was incredibly demanding,’ Guardiola added. ‘It’s too much. Hopefully we go with the new ideas the Premier League has, they will point to quality and not quantity – if not we will rubbish this incredible sport.’
‘The squad have come back a little better than the previous time (last month),’ Guardiola said. ‘Unfortunately Kevin is out. The rest of the players came back well. ‘It’s not much but I think Kevin be out for the next games.’
City can count upon striker Sergio Aguero again however after he returned to full training
City will be able to call upon Sergio Aguero again, however, after the striker returned to full training over the past fortnight.
Aguero, the club’s record goalscorer, has not played since the second match of Project Restart in June and suffered a setback from a knee injury over the summer.
It provides Guardiola with a significant boost given he has also been without Gabriel Jesus. ‘Sergio is training well and we are happy,’ the City manager said.
‘Every team needs their strikers. We’ve played without them. Sergio is training well and I’m so happy to see him on the pitch after such a long time.’
City striker Gabriel Jesus will play no part against Arsenal at the Etihad due to a muscle injury
Guardiola added that the muscle injury sustained by Jesus has not cleared up sufficiently for him to take part when Mikel Arteta’s side travel to the Etihad Stadium.
‘We cannot take a risk,’ he said. ‘It’s in the front part of his leg and if it’s injured, we’d lose him for a long time. I don’t know on the timescale.’