MANCHESTER: The midfield maestro will be out for several months and the City will have to decide whether he undergoes surgery or not.
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has confirmed the club’s biggest fear that an injury to their superstar Kevin De Bruyne is very serious.
De Bruyne suffered a hamstring injury in the first match of the season against Burnley on Friday, 11 August, and he was substituted in the 23rd minute.
Consequently, the midfield maestro will be out for several months and the City will have to decide whether he undergoes surgery or not, according to Guardiola, who was speaking at a media conference ahead of the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla tomorrow night.
“The injury for Kevin is a blow, a big loss. He has specific qualities. For a long time is really tough for us. We have to look forward we have alternatives. Kevin is irreplaceable but we have talented players,” he said.
This is the recurring injury for De Bruyne, who was also substituted in the first half of the UEFA champions league final against Inter Milan, an Italian outfit. Incidentally, the City won the match.
Although De Bruyne did not play a single match during the pre-season, he came on as a substitute in the Community Shield against Arsenal. City coach then put him on a starting berth against Burnley and he suffered the injury.
The Citizens will definitely miss the creativity and genius of the midfielder who played 49 matches and provided 28 assists in all competitions in the 2022/23 season.
He played a vital role in the City’s historic treble season in which they claimed the English Premier League (EPL), the Football Association (FA) Cup and the UEFA Champions League.