Man City handed Kevin De Bruyne blow


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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed midfielder Kevin de Bruyne will be out “for a while” with a hamstring injury.

The Belgium international started Saturday’s game against Bournemouth on the south coast but he was forced off with an injury in the first half.

De Bruyne broke down when playing a pass before being replaced by winger Riyad Mahrez.

The Algeria international eventually grabbed the winner but City’s attention quickly turned to De Bruyne.

He has spent the majority of the season on the sidelines due to injury, while John Stones also went off as a precaution. Discussing the injuries, Guardiola said: “Kevin will be out for a while with a muscular problem – hamstring.

“John I think is more precaution. We didn’t take a risk – we’ll see tomorrow.

“But I think we’ve played 25 games in 93 days, one every three days, so it’s a physiological issue. The body is not able to recover so of course sometimes the muscle says ‘hello, that’s enough’.

“But everybody’s committed and we’ll wait for Kevin to come back.”

City returned to the top of the table with the win, but Liverpool can climb ahead of them with a victory over Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The Toffees are 6.00 to win the contest, with the draw 4.00 and Liverpool priced at 1.57. City remain favourites for the title at odds of 1.50, while Liverpool are just behind them at 2.63.

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