De Bruyne to miss up to four months of season


Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City leaves the pitch with an injury during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Manchester City at Turf Moor on August 11, 2023 in Burnley, England.

Kevin de Bruyne could miss the next four months of the season as Manchester City decide whether he needs surgery on a hamstring injury, manager Pep Guardiola says.

The 32-year-old limped off after 23 minutes in City's opening win against Burnley at Turf Moor on Friday.

De Bruyne also went off injured during the Champions League final win over Inter Milan in June.

"It's a serious injury," said Guardiola.

The Belgium international missed all of City's pre-season matches and returned as a second-half substitute in the Community Shield defeat by Arsenal.

"We have to decide if he needs surgery or no surgery but he will be out for a few months," added Guardiola, who confirmed De Bruyne's issue is related to the same hamstring.

"The decision on surgery will be taken in the coming days and could see him miss three or four months".

De Bruyne scored 10 goals and provided 31 assists as City claimed the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup last season.

He said earlier this month he had been playing through the pain with a hamstring injury for the final two months of the season, but Guardiola said every precaution had been taken before the game against Burnley.

"We could say don't play but this injury could happen later," the Spanish boss said. "Before I took the decision I spoke to the doctor, the physio and him. He said he felt good."

As to whether City will try and bring in reinforcements before the transfer window closes, Guardiola said: "We will see. After what happened we will see the possibilities."

City face Europa League winners Sevilla in the Super Cup in Athens, Greece on Wednesday at 20:00 BST.

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