Kevin De Bruyne’s comeback date has been confirmed as Manchester derby beckons.
Manchester City edged past Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday, but they were dealt with a huge blow when Kevin De Bruyne injured himself while taking the shot. It is understood that the Belgian had injured his hamstring and was forced to go off the field in the first half.
The 27-year-old has made 27 appearances in all competitions this season, but he spent most of his team on the treatment table. He suffered torn knee ligament and thigh problems earlier this campaign. He looked to have found his groove again after facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but his hamstring has impeded by extending his mishap.
According to the English publication Times, the Citizens fear that their star could watch his side play from the stands for the rest of the Premier League season, although his availability for the FA Cup finals against Watford remains to be seen. Having been already ruled out of the Manchester Derby on Wednesday, De Bruyne could sit out for rest of the fixtures.
This news will dispense as a disappointment for the manager Pep Guardiola and the rest of the squad. His injury might be worrying, but they have a fantastic track record without De Bruyne by winning 17 games, drawing one, and losing just two from twenty games.
The reigning champions have enough resources but De Bruyne’s injury is a nightmare as the season enters the climax point. Along with the Belgian’s injury, David Silva’s poor form and Riyad Mahrez failing to reach his expectations will give something for the Citizens manager to think as the fixture comes thick and fast.
After the Manchester derby, Manchester City will fly to Burnley before taking on Leicester City in front of the fans. They will end their season at the Amex Stadium by facing Brighton and Hove Albion.
Here’s how Twitter reacted..
Manchester City fear that Kevin De Bruyne will miss the final four matches of their title race with Liverpool.
The Belgium midfielder, 27, injured his left hamstring during the first half of City’s 1-0 home win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.https://t.co/hd7ZaTRM0g
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) April 23, 2019
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) April 22, 2019
Pep Guardiola management of Kevin De Bruyne this season has been woeful. Consistently rushing him back from injury & then overplaying him.
De Bruyne has missed 26 games with injury this season, equating to a whopping 47% of Man City’s season. pic.twitter.com/KKJOs9h0wO
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) April 20, 2019
Kevin De Bruyne’s season:
⏱ 30 mins
🚑 9 weeks (right knee)
⏱ 204 mins
🚑 6 weeks (left knee)
⏱ 184 mins
🚑 1 week (muscle tiredness)
⏱ 910 mins
🚑 3 weeks (hamstring)
⏱ 449 mins
🚑 ? (left knee)
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) April 20, 2019
Manchester City will play their last game against the top six on Wednesday in the Manchester Derby. That game will be followed by an away trip to Sean Dyche’s Burnley on Sunday.