Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed that midfielder Kevin De Bruyne could spent months on the sidelines after his latest hamstring injury.
The 32-year-old was forced off midway through the first half of City’s opener against Burnley on Friday.
Speaking in his UEFA Super Cup press conference, Guardiola revealed that a decision will be taken ‘in the next days’ on whether the Belgian midfielder will need surgery to repair the problem.
“It’s a serious injury,” said the Man City coach.
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“We have to decide on surgery but he will be a few months out.”
City says if fe Bruyne undergoes surgery, he might be out for three to four months, forcing him to miss 10-20 games for the Citizens.
“Surgery would be, I don’t know, three or four months out,” the City coach added.
Guardiola spoke of his disappointment in losing De Bruyne for a sustained period of time because of his ‘specific qualities’ but he did insist that the team must ‘look forward’ and lean into the options available in his absence.
“First of all, the injury to Kevin is a blow and big loss for us,” he added.
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“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.
“[There are] opportunities now for the other ones – life gives you that – and I am pretty sure they will take it,” Guardiola said.
Phil Foden is expected to fill in the big shoes in the enxt few months should de Bruyne undergo surgery. Man City sold İlkay Gündoğan last season and don’t have a solid attacking midfielder who can play the Kevin de Bruyne role.