Pep Guardiola Issues Kevin De Bruyne Injury Update After Belgian Limped Off At Bournemouth

Manchester City could be without Kevin De Bruyne for the title run-in after the Belgian limped off during the Blues’ win at Bournemouth. 

De Bruyne hobbled back to the dressing room just before the break with an innocuous-looking muscular injury.

And Pep Guardiola has confirmed the former Chelsea midfielder “may be out for a while” following the victory at the Vitality Stadum.

“Kevin will be out for a while with a muscular problem, hamstring,” said Guardiola.

The former Barcelona  boss also issued an update on John Stones, who was the second City player to leave the pitch injured.

But the news is more positive on the England defender.

“John Stones does not have a big problem, it was a precaution,” Guardiola confirmed. “Vincent Kompany wasn’t 100 per cent.”

Guardiola was delighted with his side, who restricted Bournemouth to just 18 per cent possession, zero shots and zero corners.

“We made one of the best performances we have played, they were very organised,” he added. “But they didn’t have one shot, we defended well from throw ins and free-kicks.

“We created a few chances, people should understand how difficult it is to attack 11 players [who are defending]. Thanks to the players they are absolutely incredible.

“We demand a lot of the players without giving them the time to rest physiologically, that is why it is incredible. No matter what happens this season they deserve my admiration.”

City’s win takes them above Liverpool  to the top of the Premier League, but the Reds will regain top spot by a single point with victory at Everton  on Sunday.

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