Manchester City Injury News – Big Star Ruled Out of Manchester Derby & Latest On Kevin De Bruyne’s Fitness

Published 03/01/2024, 8:13 AM EST

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Soccer fans are in for a treat as Manchester City is set to host arch-rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium this weekend. The Cityzens will be desperate for a win, as the side is currently one-point behind table-toppers Liverpool. With a lot at stake, the team needs all hands on board heading into the fixture. However, it seems like the team will have to head into the game without some of their key names. During his press conference, Pep Guardiola provided a major update on Manchester City’s injury news.

The Manchester City boss seemed confident of his team’s chances during the media event. City have been on a roll in their past few games and will surely have an upper hand over their opponents. The team absolutely has the quality to make it through despite missing out on some of their top names.

Guardiola, during his press conference, provided an update on winger Jack Grealish. The Englishman picked up a groin injury during the team’s 6-2 win over Luton in the FA Cup. Guardiola, while commenting on Grealish’s status, stated the player will be out from the game against United with no set deadline on his return. He further noted that the player could miss out on international fixtures in the coming months.


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The Spaniard stated, “He has to recover well to use him as much as possible. I didn’t speak to Gareth [Southgate].”

While Jack Grealish’s injury is a tough blow for the Cityzens, the side already has multiple names who can be deployed in his position. However, the team could have to take serious precautions when it comes to Kevin De Bruyne. Reports suggest the midfielder is still not 100% despite his showcase display against Luton.


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Manchester City Injury News: Will Pep Guardiola take a risk with Kevin De Bruyne?

Pep Guardiola and his management side will have to be very careful with Kevin De Bruyne as the Cityzens approach a challenging string of fixtures. The Belgian made his return from a hamstring injury in February but is yet to reach 100% fitness. While the player was available during his team’s 6-2 win over Luton, he was rested for the games against Everton and Brentford, providing the player ample rest.


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The clash against Manchester United will test his fitness, with both teams known for their pressing style. Any blow to the player could be a massive setback for City. The team is yet to face Liverpool, Arsenal, and Tottenham during the reverse fixtures. Do you think Pep Guardiola will consecutively play De Bruyne in the coming weeks? Let us know in the comments below.


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Saurabh Saket


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Saurabh Saket is a Soccer Writer at EssentiallySports. He is a passionate Borussia Dortmund fan despite them not lifting the league title in the last twelve years. This writing machine wants to make a difference with his proficiency in journalism.
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