Manchester City’s star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been ruled out of Saturday’s English Premier League clash with Arsenal and he’s set to miss a few more games too.
The Belgium international suffered an injury during his country’s 2-1 loss to England last week and missed their following match against Iceland.
City boss Josep Guardiola has now confirmed De Bruyne, 29, will be absent against the Gunners although he didn’t know the full extent of the problem but reassured that he wouldn’t be out for long.
“Unfortunately Kevin is out, but the rest of the players came back well,” Guardiola said.
“I don’t think it is much, but the next games I think he will be out. But we’ll see day-by-day how it’s going on.”
De Bruyne’s absence will be a blow for City, but also many Fantasy Premier League coaches given his popularity within the game.
City have had a selection boost with England international Raheem Sterling likely to be fit to play despite a tight hamstring.
“I had a little niggle with my hamstring and I’m getting back to full fitness,” Sterling said, about City’s shortened pre-season.
“I should be OK and I feel fine to play against Arsenal.”
Sergio Aguero is also back in training after a long time out injured but this game will come too soon for him.
For Arsenal, defender Kieran Tierney appears unlikely to get clearance to play, having been forced to self isolate during national duty after a fellow Scotland player tested positive to coronavirus.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta said: “This is getting very complicated when we are sending players abroad and obviously you lose control, some authorities have different regulations to the actual ones in the Premier League.
“We are still having some discussions with the authorities and hopefully we will know more this afternoon.”