Pep Guardiola is anticipating Kevin De Bruyne to be out for “weeks” after the Manchester Metropolis midfielder suffered a recurrence of the damage which lower quick his Champions League closing.
De Bruyne was pressured off with a hamstring drawback within the first half of the victory over Inter Milan in Istanbul in June and broke down once more throughout Metropolis’s Premier League opener in opposition to Burnley on Friday.
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The 32-year-old was substituted after simply 23 minutes of the 3-0 win at Turf Moor and was changed with summer season signing Mateo Kovacic.
“He was injured once more sadly,” mentioned Guardiola.
“Similar place and place because the Champions League and he will probably be out for some time. It relies on the magnitude of the damage however will probably be just a few weeks out.”
Regardless of solely having two months between the Champions League closing and the beginning of the Premier League season, Guardiola insisted De Bruyne felt match sufficient to start out in opposition to Burnley.
“He’s down, he fought loads,” mentioned Guardiola.
“He felt actually good. I choose to start out and make 50 or 55 minutes. He’s dissatisfied however he’s robust and will probably be again.
“Possibly it was my mistake [to start him] however when he’s injured after 15 or 20 minutes it’s not one thing unsuitable. When it’s after 65 minutes, it’s the fatigue of the muscle. We now have to speak with the docs and him.”