Kevin De Bruyne to miss Manchester United clash after knee injury setback

Kevin De Bruyne to miss Manchester United clash after knee injury setback

He will miss Sunday's clash with Southampton, Wednesday's Champions League game with Shakhtar Donetsk and the derby with United, and is a doubt for the trip to Chelsea on December 8.

Manchester City have been rocked by the news that influential midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is set to miss the next six weeks of action after suffering a knee injury during last night's 2-0 win over Fulham in the Carabao Cup.

Guardiola said the Premier League champions were eager to keep Diaz, but added the decision was in the hands of the Spain youth global.

Although De Bruyne, whose wife gave birth to their second child on Wednesday, does not require an operation, he will fly to Barcelona to see specialist Dr Ramon Cagut.

Despite injuries restricting De Bruyne to three Premier League appearances from the bench this season, City are top of the table having taken 26 points from their 10 matches.

The Catalan coach added: "Kevin is out and we are sad for him, nobody likes to have injured players but he will come back to the player he is and he will be fine".

"They know how we want to protect them", Guardiola said of Diaz and other highly regarded young players. He knew that at the start of the season and wanted to stay. He understands the way we want to play.

"I think today, Kevin is back", Guardiola said. According to reports in England, Brahim could join Real Madrid for free next summer as his contract is up.

"Today again he was involved with everything offensively and defensively, so hopefully what happened in the last minutes is not serious".

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