City as­sess full ex­tent of De Bruyne’s ham­string in­jury

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

MANCH­ESTER CITY ARE wait­ing to hear the full ex­tent of Kevin de Bruyne’s in­jury af­ter the Bel­gian limped off dur­ing his side’s 3-1 Pre­mier League vic­tory over Swansea on Satur­day.

The 25-year-old pulled up in the 81st minute of the fix­ture with a sus­pected ham­string strain that could rule the mid­fielder out for City’s next four games.

De Bruyne (car­i­ca­ture) was ex­pected to un­dergo a scan yes­ter­day to de­ter­mine the ex­tent of his in­jury.

Speak­ing af­ter the game, man­ager Pep Guardi­ola said: “I think De Bruyne is in­jured. From the way he re­acted, I think it’s a mus­cu­lar in­jury.

“I don’t know how se­ri­ous it is. I am not a doc­tor. Tonight we travel back to Manch­ester City and to­mor­row the doc­tor is go­ing to see what the prob­lem is.

“It’s a pity that this has hap­pened be­cause Kevin is an im­por­tant player for us. But that is why we have a big squad, so ev­ery­one can help us.”

The Bel­gian has started the sea­son in em­phatic form, scor­ing two goals against Manch­ester United and Bournemouth while pro­vid­ing five as­sists across City’s six Pre­mier League games so far.

Guardi­ola re­cently hailed the player as sec­ond only to Lionel Messi. City’s man­ager said: “Messi is on a ta­ble on his own. No-one else is al­lowed. But the ta­ble be­side, Kevin can sit there.” But the Cata­lan will be ex­pected to make do with­out the mid­fielder as his side pre­pare for their ‘Bat­tle of Bri­tain’ clash against Celtic in the Cham­pi­ons League to­mor­row. Hav­ing won their first game 4-0 against Ger­man side Borus­sia Monchenglad­bach, they are look­ing to con­tinue their 100 per cent record in their group ahead of a dif­fi­cult dou­ble header with Barcelona. – The In­de­pen­dent

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