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Kevin de Bruyne to miss Manchester derby with knee injury

02 November 2018
Kevin de Bruyne to miss Manchester derby with knee injury

His exit would be another blow for City, who lost Jadon Sancho to Borussia Dortmund in similar fashion last year, with the 18-year-old now a senior England global.

City's update suggests De Bruyne could miss eight fixtures, including next week's derby against Manchester United, two Champions League games and a trip to former club Chelsea next month.

Even if De Bruyne's injury is not a recurrence of his knee problem, the Belgian midfielder is unlikely to be risked against Saints on Sunday.

Kevin De Bruyne is being assessed by Manchester City doctors after appearing to injure his left knee during the Carabao Cup win over Fulham. He understands we try to help him in the way we want to play.

"We want him here, but at the end of the day it's him, agents and his family that decide", Guardiola said. After several years with City, the player chose to stay with the English club at the start of this season but opportunities have proved few and far between and that could force him to seek playing time elsewhere. "Right now I don't know if it's nothing or something serious".

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

The home side took the lead in the 18th minute when the ball fell to Brahim Diaz, whose first-time shot took a deflection and went right into the back of Sergio Rico's net.

Man City will face the victor of the postponed round-of-16 match between Leicester City and Southampton, which takes place on November 27.

Diaz was one of those who came in, while De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus also featured against Premier League strugglers Fulham.