Pep Guardiola said on the eve of their UEFA Super Cup match against Sevilla that Kevin De Bruyne could be out for up to four months because of a leg injury he got in the first Premier League game of the season.
In the 36th minute of City’s 3-0 win at Burnley on Friday, the Belgium international left the field.
De Bruyne was not on City’s team for the Super Cup. He also walked off during the Champions League final in June, and Guardiola said the player had hurt himself again.
“It’s important. “We have to decide if he will have surgery or not, but he will be out for a few months,” Guardiola told reporters on Tuesday.
“In the next few days, we’ll decide whether or not to do surgery. It will take three or four months.”
When asked if De Bruyne’s injury happened because he was rushed back into action before he was ready, Guardiola said, “We could say, ‘Don’t play,’ but this injury could happen later.
“I talked to the doctor, the physiotherapist, and him before I made my choice. He said he was feeling fine.
“We’ll see if we can find someone to replace De Bruyne. After what’s happened, we’ll be able to see what’s possible.”
Guardiola is worried about “Dangerous” Sevilla
City will play Sevilla in Athens for the first time in the UEFA Super Cup. Sevilla won the Europa League.
After years of sadness on Europe’s biggest stage, the Premier League winners finally won their first winners League title in June. This made them eligible for the Super Cup.
When asked how he felt about the Manchester club finally winning the Champions League, Guardiola said, “It’s a relief for the club. Always, it’s hard to win.
“Yes, it’s a relief, but it’s not enough, or we’d be back at home.” We have enough drive to fight and push ourselves. If someone wants to take out three crowns, they will have to fight for it.”
City can win another European title if they beat Sevilla on Wednesday. Sevilla has won the Europa League the most times, with seven.
Sevilla has lost five of the six Super Cups it has played in, but Guardiola said it was “not easy” for Sevilla to qualify for the first game of the European football season. He also said that City will be aware of the danger that Sevilla poses.
“Sevilla has a unique personality. There’s something in their genes that makes them stand out. Guardiola said, “They will be dangerous for us.”
“You have no idea how happy we are to be playing in the Super Cup after winning the Champions League. Who knows when we’ll come back to win this tournament?”