Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne ruled out for up to six weeks

Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on January 20, 2021 in Manchester, England.

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will be out for four to six weeks due to an injury he picked up against Aston Villa, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.

De Bruyne, 29, looked to have sustained a leg muscle injury and was replaced on the hour mark at the Etihad Stadium in Wednesday’s 2-0 Premier League win.

“Kevin, like the doctor said today after reviewing the scan, will be four to six weeks out,” Guardiola said before Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at fourth-tier Cheltenham Town. “It’s a big blow, but we have to move forward.

“I’m not saying anything that anyone doesn’t know, it is unfortunate for him and for us and we have to find a solution because everyone in their own life is struggling in the situation we are living and we have to adapt.”

The news came a day after striker Sergio Agüero confirmed that he has tested positive for Covid-19.

“After a close contact, I’ve been self-isolating and the latest test I took was positive for Covid-19,” he said on Twitter. “I had some symptoms and I’m following doctor’s orders for recovery. Take care, everyone!”

Agüero, City’s record scorer, has missed their last four games, including Wednesday’s victory over Aston Villa.

“We need Agüero, we miss him. The numbers speak for themselves, the best striker in our history,” manager Pep Guardiola said ahead of the Villa game.

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