"Serious Injury": De Bruyne is out for months

"Serious Injury": De Bruyne is out for months

After the 3-0 win at the start of the Premier League against Burnley, Pep Guardiola had predicted that De Bruyne would be out “a few weeks”, now the Manchester City coach had to correct himself upwards. “It’s a serious injury,” said the Spaniard on Tuesday at the press conference ahead of the UEFA Supercup against Sevilla on Wednesday (9 p.m., LIVE! at kicker), without naming an explicit diagnosis.

De Bruyne will be out “three to four months” due to his hamstring injury. It has not yet been clarified whether the Belgian will have to undergo an operation. “We still have to decide that,” said Guardiola about his idea generator. The decision should be made in the next few days.

De Bruyne has been struggling with hamstring problems since the Champions League final in May. In the 1-0 win over Inter Milan, he received treatment on his right thigh after half an hour, returned briefly to the pitch and was finally substituted a few minutes later. The injury turned out to be more serious than initially thought.

Rodrigo: “One of the most important players for the club”

He was only substituted on in the second half of the Community Shield defeat against Arsenal FC, but last Friday in Burnley he was back in the starting lineup and initiated Erling Haaland’s early opening goal. After 23 minutes he had to leave the pitch again. “It’s exactly the same spot as in the Champions League final,” Guardiola said afterwards. The coach defended the decision to set up De Bruyne against Burnley despite his problems on Tuesday: “I spoke to the doctors, physiotherapists and to himself beforehand. He felt good.”

The reigning Champions League winner has to do without one of his outstanding players for large parts of the first half of the season, and the Skyblues also have to do without De Bruyne in the group stage of the premier class. “He is one of the most important players for the club,” said Champions League winner Rodrigo at the press conference. “We will miss him.”

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