Kevin De Bruyne Out Six Weeks With Left Knee Injury

Kristopher Nichols
November 3, 2018

Pep Guardiola is hopeful a late injury suffered by Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne in Thursday's EFL Cup win over Fulham is not serious.

The Belgian was withdrawn in the later stages of the match after Fulham's Timothy Fosu-Mensah fell backwards onto De Bruyne's knee.

The 27-year-old had only recently returned from a serious knee problem which has kept him out him since August, and made just his second start of the season against the Cottagers in midweek.

The Premier League champions face Southampton on Sunday before a Champions League date with Shakhtar Donetsk next week.

Mark Hughes' side have collected just seven points from their opening 10 games - 19 fewer than City - but Guardiola does not think that tally does them justice.

According to a UK Sun report, the Belgium midfielder, who has already been sidelined with for six weeks this term, will see out another four weeks of football action.

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Guardiola pointed out that he is not directly involved in contract talks but said: "The fact is we want him". "It is the agent, him, his family, they will decide". "Today he was so sad and the next day he'll be strong again".

Diaz has been linked with a move to Real Madrid among other top European sides, but Guardiola confirmed City are keen to hold onto their hot prospect. When you come back [from injury] you can not expect on day one he will be the player we know he is.

Both goals against Fulham were scored by Brahim Diaz, one of City's most highly-rated academy products.

"We played like the competition and game deserved".

Asked if he was anxious about a problem, the City boss added: "I don't know". "They know how we want to protect them".

"My opinion is not changed because of two goals or because he was not selected in any Premier League games".

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