Manchester City manager Confirms BIG Injury Blow After Bournemouth Game

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Pep Guardiola has provided a disturbing injury update following Manchester City's hard-fought 1-0 win over Bournemouth in the EPL on Saturday.

City managed to make the most of their recent trip to the South Coast where a Riyad Mahrez strike ensured that they picked up maximum points from the Premier League clash.

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Despite the positives, the EPL holders witnessed Kevin de Bruyne suffer a hamstring injury right before the half-time break, and the Manchester City manager has now confirmed that the Belgian will be sidelined for a while.

According to BBC Sport, Guardiola acknowledged that the midfielder has suffered another hamstring injury – one that will keep him out of action for a period which was unmentioned.

He said: “Kevin will be out for a while with a muscular problem – hamstring.

“I think we’ve played 25 games in 93 days, one every three days, so it’s a physiological issue.

“The body is not able to recover so of course sometimes the muscle says ‘hello, that’s enough’.”

De Bruyne has not managed to reproduce the performances from last term in the midst of the injury concerns and the latest setback should bring further disappointment for the 27-year-old playmaker.

Aside from the Belgian, John Stones was brought off the field shortly after the beginning of the second half but the Catalan tactician has clarified that the substitution was made as more of a precaution.

“John I think is more precaution. We didn’t take a risk – we’ll see tomorrow,” he added.

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The Citizens are currently at the top of the EPL with a two-point advantage over Liverpool, although the Reds do have a game in hand today away at Everton.

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