Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne will be out for up to three weeks due to a hamstring injury.
Guardiola also confirmed that the club’s captain, Vincent Kompany, will also be out for two to three weeks after he suffered muscle fatigue during the EFL Cup match against Swansea last week.
De Bruyne came off the pitch nine minutes from the end of the team’s 3 – 1 Premier League win at the Liberty Stadium last Saturday and he then underwent a series of tests and scans to determine how serious the injury was.
At present both De Bruyne and Kompany are in Barcelona being treated by Dr Ramon Cugar. However, Guardiola said that De Bruyne’s injury is not as bad as thought ahead of the team’s Champions League match against Celtic last Wednesday.
Speaking earlier this week Guardiola said, “Kevin is not a big injury. In two and a half or three weeks, maybe, he will be ready.” He went on to say that Dr Cugat is the “best doctor in the world” so he knows that his players are in safe hands.
It is likely that De Bruyne will be able to return for City’s Champions League match against Barcelona on 19th October and if not he will almost certainly be back for the match against Southampton on 23rd October. Some are even speculating that he could be back when City host Everton on 15th October.
De Bruyne has been a major player this season already scoring two goals and adding four assists to help City win six successive league games. His form has led to comparisons with Lionel Messi who incidentally is also facing a race to be fit for the match with City following a groin injury.