Kevin De Bruyne injury latest: Man City midfielder could be fit for PSG clash, says Pep Guardiola
Kevin De Bruyne hobbled off in Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea and the injury ruled him out of Wednesday's Premier League win at Aston Villa - Pep Guardiola is hopeful the midfielder is back for the Champions League semis next week, while the Mancheser City boss also said the European Super League is now a "closed chapter".
Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on January 20, 2021 in Manchester, England.
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne could be fit for next week's Champions League semi-final first leg against Paris Saint-Germain as the Belgian midfielder's foot and ankle injury is not as bad as first feared, said manager Pep Guardiola.
De Bruyne sustained the injury in Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea at Wembley and he missed City's 2-1 Premier League victory at Aston Villa on Wednesday.
Guardiola said it was too soon to make a call on de Bruyne's availability for Sunday's League Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur but hoped to have the 29-year-old available for the trip to Paris next Wednesday.
"It was less than we expected and yesterday he felt much better," Guardiola said after Wednesday's game. "Today I don't know because I didn't speak with him, but we will see tomorrow's training.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
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"I think if not for this final ... maybe he will be ready for the semi-finals of the Champions League."
Goals from Phil Foden and Rodri cancelled out Villa's early opener and took City 11 points clear of second-placed Manchester United, who have played a game less. City are now three wins away from a third Premier League title in four years.
The victory came after days of tumult over the proposed breakaway European Super League, with City one of six English clubs who had signed up to it.
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Guardiola said the Super League was now a "closed chapter".
"As a club we accept, learn and focus on the reason why we're here," he said. "It's a chapter which is over, a closed chapter. They (the owners) don't need to apologise, I know them, I know how they are."