Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will not play against Arsenal this weekend due to injury.
The Belgian playmaker picked up the knock on international duty, and manager Pep Guardiola confirmed the bad news in his pre-match press conference.
“Kevin is out unfortunately but the rest of the players came back well. I don’t think [Kevin’s injury] is much but he will be out for the next games I think,” he said, as detailed by the Manchester Evening News.
De Bruyne will be missed
De Bruyne’s absence will be a major blow for Guardiola’s side. The team have started the season in inconsistent form, dropping five points in their opening three league games.
Yet De Bruyne has continued to impress, registering a goal and an assist in City’s 3-1 win against Wolves.
No available strikers
Bidding to reclaim the title from Liverpool this season, City will also be without a recognised striker when they host Mikel Arteta’s side.
Sergio Aguero remains on the sidelines with a knee injury, whilst Gabriel Jesus has not played since last month.
Guardiola did have some positive news regarding Aguero, stating that the Argentine forward is back in training.
“Sergio is training well and we are happy. Every team needs a striker and we played without them. He has been training good and we’re happy to see him back on the pitch after a long time,” he added.
However, there remains no return date for Jesus yet, with Guardiola insisting that the youngster will not be rushed back.
“There are some muscle injuries you can take a risk for and others you cannot. He has an injury in the front part of his leg. If there is another incident we would lose him for a long time,” said Guardiola.
Heading into the weekend’s game, Guardiola may have to re-jig his line-up once more. Raheem Sterling or Phil Foden could be utilised in a ‘false nine’ role, whilst teenager Liam Delap may be called upon after featuring against Leicester earlier this month.
Kevin De Bruyne is always a big loss and will certainly call for some reshuffling.
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