Kyle Walker suffered an injury in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa and could miss Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Cheltenham Town, but he’s not the only one who picked up a knock in midweek.
Manchester City confirmed on Wednesday evening that Kevin De Bruyne also came away with an injury, but they haven’t disclosed what his problem is and how long it could keep him out for.
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Pep Guardiola said: “Kevin put his hand on his leg, so I have the feeling it will be something muscular. It is normal, these things happen with this amount of games.”
De Bruyne was substituted in the 59th minute against Villa and replaced by Gabriel Jesus. He’s 23 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring three goals with 15 assists, so Guardiola will be desperate to have him fit.
The 29-year-old might be rested for the FA Cup clash on Saturday as a precaution, as City have three games to play before February. Guardiola may have to move players around if De Bruyne doesn’t return in time for their next Premier League encounter – West Bromwich Albion (away) on January 26.
Foden featured out wide against Villa, but he could start in De Bruyne’s central midfield role for the Albion clash. Guardiola will then be spoilt for choice with Ferran Torres, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling to make up the attack. Jesus should be fit to lead the line after coming off the bench on Wednesday too.