Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne ruled out for a month
Manchester City maestro sustains hamstring injury during Saturday’s match at Swansea
September 26th, 2016
Kevin de Bruyne has been described by Pep Guardiola as second only to Lionel Messi, although the Belgian won’t be available for Manchester City over the next few weeks.
The midfielder sustained a hamstring injury during Saturday’s 3-1 win over Swansea City which means that the team will have to contend without him as Guardiola looks to deploy Raheem Sterling in a similar role.
Sergio Aguero has only just returned from suspension and now De Bruyne is absent for a few weeks, although City have made a flying start in all competitions and Guardiola feels confident that his team can cope with injuries.
“Kevin is not going to play the next games and now we need to keep going and win the games without him. We have to do that,” he said. “Raheem feels that. He feels that his team-mates appreciate his efforts – the staff, the coaches – we are so happy about what he has. But again this is only September. I would like to be in May with one game left but we are in September and we have only played six games. We have a lot of games to play.”
Sterling admits that his new-found confidence comes from Guardiola’s coaching.
“The manager has told me to enjoy scoring goals and seeing the ball go into the back of the net. He gives everyone the confidence, not just me,” Sterling said.
“He gives everyone the belief and the motivation. His speech before [the game] was fantastic and it means that when you go out on to the pitch you are really fired up for the game. This is a team that is forever growing and developing. Those relationships are developing, the team spirit is great in the dressing room, on the pitch, we are fighting for each other and we need to keep that going. We are trying to improve and not relax, that is what the manager is trying to get us to do.”
He added: “I have had a few chances over the last couple of years and I need to be finishing them off. What is going to make me the player I want to be is scoring more goals, being cool in front of goal and scoring as many as I can.”