Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is yet to shake off a minor muscle issue and will miss Friday’s Premier League clash with Newcastle United, manager Pep Guardiola said on Thursday.
De Bruyne was forced to sit out City’s defeat to Chelsea last time out, with the club having cited a simple lack of match fitness as explanation.
The Belgian, however, has evidently still not returned to an optimal level, with Guardiola having confirmed on Thursday that De Bruyne is also set to play no part versus Newcastle tomorrow night:
‘He is still injured but he’s getting better.’
‘When he is fit he will come to training and the guys who are completely fit with 100% mentally and physicality will have a chance to play in the final.’
This comes with the Citizens of course still in the hunt for a treble, ahead of a Champions League final showdown with Chelsea at the end of the month, and there was a concerning sight for City fans.
According to Kristof Terreur of Het Laatste Nieuws as relayed by City Xtra, Manchester City’s medical staff are ‘taking no risks’ with De Bruyne, with his right thigh still ‘troubling’ the Belgian, while keeping in mind the club’s upcoming Champions League Final against Thomas Tuchel’s side.
In reaction to the news shared on Twitter by City Xtra, Many man City fans have been expressing their thoughts and opinions.
Please be back for the final— ⚡ (@Ethan4707) May 13, 2021
Ffs all along I thought he was missing games just for rest— . (@KevinSZN17) May 13, 2021
Please hurry kev, I’m starting to get concerned— Ted Collins (@teddyedddy) May 13, 2021
Relax, he’ll be back for the final— ChecoPerez DRS (@ChecoIsF1) May 13, 2021
Man played the Watford just a day after getting kicked against Crystal Palace. There is no way he would miss CL Final 😏— 1110 (@ezhan_javed) May 13, 2021