Manchester City attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne could be out for up to four months with a persistent hamstring injury.
The 32-year-old limped off without a player near him in the first half during City’s comfortable 3-0 win at Burnley on Friday and is now expected to undergo surgery this week to eradicate the same problem which cut him out of action during the first half of the Champions League final against Inter Milan in June.
KDB out of action for three to four months
The Belgian star has been a key reason behind City’s five Premier League titles in the last six seasons and manager Pep Guardiola will hope his surgery goes to plan.
Speaking ahead of his side’s involvement in the UEFA Super Cup final against Sevilla in Athens tomorrow, Guardiola said: “Kevin’s injury is a serious one. He will be out for a few months. We have to decide in the next few days on surgery but for sure we lose Kevin for some time.”
Pep Guardiola: “Kevin de Bruyne’s injury is serious one. He will be out for a few months”. 🚨🔵 #MCFC
“We have to decide in the next days on surgery but for sure we lose Kevin for some time”. pic.twitter.com/F2sAcD5ERz
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 15, 2023
De Bruyne’s absence could well mean City ramp up their interest in fellow creative midfielder Lucas Paqueta from West Ham United with a second bid for the Brazilian expected imminently.