Kevin De Bruyne ‘might require surgery’ should man City rush him back
Pep provide De Bruyne update
Kevin De Bruyne’s importance to Manchester City cannot be underestimated. His injury in the Champions league final and their subsequent defeat to Chelsea further evidence of this.
The Belgian was injured during the Euros too and was rushed back for the quarter-final defeat to Italy. Those curious about his EPL availability were not given the best update recently.
Speaking on the weekend of the Community Shield loss to Leicester City, Pep Guardiola spoke with media and said:
“Kevin still is out. I think he will come back a bit sooner than Phil apparently. But both are still out for a while
“Today, the managers in the big clubs, there are many internationals – we cannot work. We are here to handle the team spirit as well as possible, that time when you have four or five weeks to prepare.
“Half of the team is out and we don’t complain. It’s a pleasure to play the Community Shield. I’m lucky in the sixth season and my players know what they’ve to do.
“So difficult, the schedule is crazy, so tough.”
Rush could risk surgery
Yet the injury to De Bruyne is being assessed even more carefully that Guardiola may have eluded to.
Despite being ‘cleared’ to return to the training pitch, the club are concerned that the injury could require surgery if he is not handled correctly.
He has been cleared to return to training but will not be rushed, as further damage might require surgery and several months on the sidelines.
With Foden certainly out for the start of the campaign, this has opened the door to Jack Grealish making his long awaited league debut with only Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez available as other options.
The signing of Grealish was certainly made with the injuries to players as high profile as De Bruyne in mind.
Sterling too is in line to enter contract talks again as Guardiola looks to put faith in his homegrown talents.
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— Manchester City News (@ManCityMEN) August 9, 2021