Kevin De Bruyne injury was a setback for the Premier League champions as they battle to make yet another history by winning the championship four consecutive times. The Belgian has only played a few minutes this season and there were high expectations for his return.
Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City
As the five-month De Bruyne injury spell gradually comes to an end, Pep Guardiola is cautious of rushing the process. He claimed that if care is not taken, the midfield maestro could be hit with another worse injury.
“Of course it was a big injury, what we’re concerned with the most is to try and avoid a repeat,” Guardiola said, as the 32-year-old is expected to be in contention for a place in City’s squad for Sunday’s FA Cup tie against Huddersfield Town.
“This is what we have to be careful with, with his minutes at first. What Kevin needs is to accumulate weeks of training and minutes. Weeks and weeks. A setback would be the worst.”
In addition to Kevin De Bruyne injury, City have been without some notable names this season. Jeremy Doku hasn’t played since he suffered a hamstring injury, also Erling Haaland has been out of the squad for a while.
“There is enthusiasm in the first minutes, ‘Wow, I’m going to play’. You have to careful with that. You have to speak with him but especially with his doctors, physios, and the guys who knows what the minutes should be and the best processes,” the Catalan said, speaking about the fitness of the players.
Ahead of Sunday’s clash with Huddersfield, City might be without a number of first-team players. Rodri has flown back to Madrid following the death of his grandmother. Guardiola might use the opportunity to rest the midfielder even if he returned earlier for the match.
Bernardo Silva, Matheus Nunes, and Scott Carson have all been absent alongside Kalvin Phillips, whose future at the club hangs in the air amidst loan interest from Juventus, New Castle United, and other European clubs.