Kevin De Bruyne is set to have a spell on the sidelines for up to four weeks, the Press Association have revealed.
De Bruyne went down in the 80th minute of Manchester City’s 3-1 win against Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday. City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed after the game that he did not know how serious the injury would turn out to be, and the length at which it could keep him out of the side, but he did assume it to be a muscular injury.
De Bruyne returned to Manchester with the rest of the squad and underwent a few scans, which revealed Guardiola’s worst fears. The scans showed that the Belgian international has torn a muscle in his hamstring, which will likely keep him out of action for up to four weeks.
The 25-year-old is due to fly to Barcelona in order to undergo a few more scans, but City have already resigned themselves to being without their star man.
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has been informed that the attacking midfielder will play no role in his national team’s upcoming games against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Gibraltar.
However, City’s main worry will be the nature of the games which De Bruyne could potentially miss. The Citizens face Tottenham, Everton and Southampton in the Premier League, along with Celtic and Barcelona in the Champions League. The Sky Blues also travel to Old Trafford yet again this season. for a mouth-watering Manchester Derby clash against Manchester United in the EFL Cup.
De Bruyne has been in sensational form for City this season, and has been instrumental in his side going on a 10-game winning streak. He has already notched up four assists alongside two goals in the Premier League, and City will, without a doubt, miss his presence in the team.