Manchester City manager has confirmed that Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is expected to miss four to six weeks through injury. The news deals City’s title hopes a potential huge blow as they seek their third title under Guardiola.
The Manchester club currently sit second on 38 points- two points away from local rivals Manchester United- with a game in hand. With that game in hand in mind, many would have had the Citizens as title favourites.
De Bruyne’s injury could change the scenario completely. The news will be music to Manchester United’s ears as they aim for their 21st title and first since 2013.
Guardiola Confirms Length of De Bruyne Injury
Set to Miss Ten Games in Worst Case Scenario
In the worst case, the former Chelsea man is expected to miss ten games for Manchester City- including games in the Champions League and games against the likes of Liverpool in the Premier League.
It seems that just as they were building momentum towards a title push, the worst injury possible has occurred. In a time of an absence, Manchester City’s squad must step up for a title push.
If anyone does have the squad to cope in the absence of De Bruyne, it is this City side, however.
Time for Phil Foden to Take Centre-Stage
With De Bruyne injured, and the Manchester City creativity therefore damaged, now is the time for Phil Foden to take centre-stage. In recent times, the academy graduate has stepped up perfectly to combine with the Belgian- helping to place his side in the best position possible to aim for the title.
Without the leadership of De Bruyne, however, the reliance will fall on Foden to create the goals under Pep Guardiola. It is an opportunity the Englishman must take when presented with it in the coming weeks.
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