Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne has suffered a significant injury which could see him absent until 2024.
“Mr Assist” came off with a hamstring injury in the first half of City’s first 23/24 fixture against Burnley.
During his stint in the first half, he looked impressive and dangerous. While the Blues won the game relatively comfortably, the creativity he brings was lacking.
Following an injury picked up towards the end of last season, he appeared to recover swiftly.
However, the Belgian national will now face up to four months out with an injury that requires surgery.
According to Guardiola, De Bruyne and the club will need to decide whether to go ahead with surgery.
Reported by ManCity.com, Pep Guardiola said:
“It’s a serious injury.
“We have to decide on surgery but he will be a few months out.
“Surgery would be, I don’t know, three or four months out.”
The surgery along with a lengthy recovery could mean he is out for over half of the season. Which will be a blow to De Bruyne and to the club who hope to build on their Treble Winning season.
“First of all, the injury to Kevin is a blow and big loss for us.
“Kevin has specific qualities. You can lose it for one or two games but for a long time this is tough for us.
“But we have to look forward and we have alternatives there at other options.”
During the press conference reported by ManCity.com, Rodri had his say on Foden as a solution:
“I think he can play anywhere.
“I think he is the best player we have between the lines, turning and facing the goal.
“When he plays there I like him there very much but when he plays winger he is also decisive.
“It’s up to the coach where he decides to put him. His talent can do it.”