Pep Guardiola has not ruled Kevin De Bruyne out for the rest of the season just yet.
The midfielder was substituted in the first half of Manchester City’s win over Tottenham on Saturday, in what was thought to be a knee injury but now appears to be a hamstring tear.
It has been an injury-struck campaign for the Belgian, who has only started 11 Premier League contests as a result of other knee ligament and thigh problems.
The 27-year-old’s latest could see him miss the rest of City’s season and will certainly miss Wednesday’s Manchester derby, but Guardiola is optimistic that he will take to the field again before the summer.
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“It is a muscular problem,’ Guardiola said concerning Kevin De Bruyne injury update on Tuesday. ‘We will see in the next days but tomorrow he is not available.
“Now we have to see if he can play one or two more games before the end of the season and have a good pre-season.”
The World Cup semi-finalist had a run of fitness at the start of the year but then struggled for much of March with a thigh strain.
City visits Old Trafford on Wednesday night and have just three Premier League fixtures remaining after that.
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